Protests continued to rock the province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) on Friday night as ‘Zuma protestors’ continued to block national roads, highways and burn trucks in N3 near the Mooi toll plaza. The protests are reportedly and believed to be about the incarceration of former president Jacob Zuma as his daughter (Dudu) and supporters claimed on social media.
From as early as Friday morning, several major roads were closed in KZN namely; the N2, N3 and M7 which is a strategic cargo transit from the Port of Durban towards the inland, including provincial and municipal links.
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It was previously reported that five trucks were torched on Friday night on the N3 Mooi plaza. Zinhle Mngomezulu from Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) confirmed that 19 trucks were torched over night including a truck that carried cars in transit in Mooi River near the toll plaza. This brings the total number to 25.
“We are trying to remove these burning trucks so that we can open R103 for cars going to Durban. We are also turning away some of the cars because it is not safe and some of the roads are being opened for trucks only. There is a truck burning as well in N2 in Umgababa, we are also trying to remove it so that the road can be opened.”
Mngomezulu urged people to postpone their road trips and excursions until it is safe to do so.
Jacob Zuma was found guilty of contempt of court and was sentenced to 15 months in prison by the Constitutional Court. He is currently in the Estcourt Correctional Centre.
ZIKALALA CALLS FOR CALM
KZN Premier, Sihle Zikalala called for calm and maximum adherence to the rule of law.
“It is reported and believed that the protests are about the incarceration of comrade Jacob Zuma. We understand the extreme anger of the people who are protesting. As a country and as a province we find ourselves in a very unusual and unique situation wherein we are dealing with the arrest of the former president of the ANC and the country.”
Zikalala called on those who are protesting to do so through peaceful means and avoid violence and destructions at all costs.
“We are fully conscious of the anger of the community but unfortunately, violence and destruction often affects and attacks people who are not involved,” Zikalala said.
Initially, police denied that the protests have something to do with Jacob Zuma’s incarceration, instead they labeled them as “service delivery protests” and are reportedly still trying to find out if there is any relation.