UPDATE: Police unleash rubber bullets on the N2 Groutville

Traffic was backed up from Mvoti to Tinley Manor this morning.

Riot police used rubber bullets to disperse the crowd of more than 400 Thembeni residents on the N2 Groutville off-ramp, who were protesting after being left with no electricity for days.

Traffic was backed up for more than 2kms this morning while the protesters threw stones at the police and threatened to stone vehicles.

“We have had no power since Thursday and no one bothered to explain what went wrong and when the problem will be solved.

“We tried to speak with our ward councillor Innocent Nxumalo but he chose to avoid us,” said a Thembeni resident.

Residents said they were forced to eat all their refrigerated food as it was starting to rot.

Protest action began on the R102 at Ntshawini and Groutville on Monday night.

Also read: Two people shot by motorist in Groutville electricity protest

During the Groutville protest last night a passing motorist reportedly opened fire, shooting one person in the leg and another in the back.

KwaDukuza police spokesperson Sibusiso Khuzwayo said no one had been arrested but a case of murder and attempted murder will be opened.

Two weeks ago a violent protest at Shaka’s Head resulted in a local woman being critically injured when a brick was thrown through her windscreen.

The residents had not had electricity for 11 hours after KwaDukuza municipality stopped their electricians from responding to weekend calls in a bid to cut down the municipality’s overtime costs.

Whether the overtime rule was behind the electricity outage in Groutville is still to be confirmed.

The N2 is now open, but the situation on the R102 between Ntshawini and Groutville remains volatile.

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