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54 people expected in court for N3 violence, police still monitoring situation

Apr 30, 2018
54 people expected in court for N3 violence, police still monitoring situation

The KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa has strongly condemned the unlawful protest action along N3 freeway near the Mooi River Toll Plaza on Sunday night.

“This is totally unacceptable and we will not condone people venting their anger by damaging private and public property or blockading our national roads.

"We will intensify our operations and ensure that those responsible face the full might of the law. Any person who blocks our national roads will be treated as an ordinary criminal and will face the full might of the law. There are many avenues for people to voice their grievances and resorting to criminality is definitely not one of them,” he said.

According to police information, on Sunday night, at 19:30, a group of people began throwing objects on the N3 freeway and set some trucks alight.

"A total of 35 trucks were damaged including those that were set alight. It is believed that the people who were protesting and throwing stones as well as burning objects had causing extensive damages to property," described police spokesperson,  Col Thembeka Mbele.

"Local police and neighbouring police stations were mobilised and dispersed a number of people who were looting the burning trucks. A total of 54 people were arrested and will face charge of public violence."

She said that the arrested suspects will appear at the Mooi River Magistrates’ Court later on Monday.

"The situation is calm today although the road is still blocked due to the trucks that were burnt. Police are still monitoring the situation and are on high alert. Traffic is being diverted onto alternative routes for now."