KZN residents block road with

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KZN residents block road with burning tyres, call for provision of water 

Fed up residents call for the supply of clean water or else…

KZN residents block road with

Image via Twitter: SA Police Service ??

Angry residents in the north of KwaZulu-Natal shunned the lockdown regulations as they blocked the R66 road which linked Showe with Gingindlovu on Tuesday 14 July morning.

At the core of their grievances was the lack of water in the area.

The South African understands that the residents gathered in the early of hours and blocked the road with burning tyres and logs.

Fuzile Ngcobo, who led the protest, said government must accede to their demands or else they will make the town ungovernable.

“Government officials always tell us to wash our hands every 20 minutes with clean water to fight the coronavirus. But we don’t have water at all here. What must I do? Our patience is being tested. We have been waiting for far too long for water but nothing has happened,” said Ngcobo.


He said he believed that their cries for help fell on deaf ears.  

“But when it’s time for elections they all come to us, promising us a better life. We are tired of promises,” said Ngcobo.


A motorist who was unable to go to work lambasted the protesters, their behavior was uncalled for.

“I am not the government and I don’t know why I was blocked when I was going to work this morning,” said a resident, Mbali Ngcobo.

Traffic in the area was brought to a complete standstill as the residents were not taking anything.

Even when the police were called in to restore order, the residents did not disperse. The police in the province confirmed the strike, but said no one was arrested.

“The road is completely blocked by the protestors as they are demanding water. Police are attendance monitoring the situation,” said police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele.

She said there were also no reports of injuries.