Police have been deployed to Nkandla as reports of widespread rioting and blockading of major routes by Jacob Zuma supporters, including the N3 and N2, across the province went viral on social media on Friday.
The protest action by Jacob Zuma supporters, who have called for a total shutdown of the province’s roads, factories, shops and government, broke out on the M4 South, the N2 northbound freeway and the N3 freeway to and from Durban near the Cliffdale offramp on Friday morning. Other areas impacted by protests included Umgeni Road, Verulam and South Coast Road near Huletts. Protestors blocked the freeways and roads with burning rubble and in some cases with trucks, such as on the N2 southern Freeway and M4 South, outside Durban preventing traffic from travelling.
Jacob Zuma’s supporters unleashed their anger on the streets in protest against his imprisonment in Estcourt Prison this week to serve a 15 months sentence after being found guilty of contempt of court in the Constitutional Court last week. A meme calling for a total shut down of the province was circulating on social media with the hashtags #HandsOffMsholozi, #WenzeniuZuma and #100%BehindZuma.
Social media reports indicated that by 2pm the N3 at Cliffdale and Hammarsdale had been cleared and traffic was flowing slowly.
Watch a video here of the protest action on the N3 action at Cliffdale here:
SAPS spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbele said the current riots in the province were related to “service delivery protests”. However, she said police had been deployed to Nkandla.
“We can confirm that there is a protest action in the King Cetswayo district, the N2 road is closed due protestors burning tyres and trucks blocking the road. There are no reports of any arrests,” Mbele said.
“Within Durban there are currently only service delivery protests in the Umzinyathi, Nqutu and Ntuzuma areas.”
“There has been a deployment of Police to Nkandla area. Within Durban there are currently only service delivery protests in the Umzinyathi, Nqutu and Ntuzuma areas,” he said.