Durban – Several trucks were caught up in a violent protest on the N2 highway between Umgababa and Umkomaas on Wednesday morning.
According to SAPS KZN spokesperson Thembeka Mbele, the community of Danganya was responsible for the protest.
“A group of people from Danganya blockaded both the north and southbound carriageways with burning tyres and stones from as early as 2h30 in the morning,” she said.
At least three trucks were set alight during the protest action.
One truck driver was attacked by the protesters.
He sustained injuries and was taken to hospital for medical attention.
Traffic was heavily affected in the early hours of the morning as emergency workers fought to extinguish the blazes.
She said charges of public violence, malicious damage to property and attempted murder would be opened at Umkomaas police station.
The protest is related to service delivery issues in the area.
Metro police spokesperson Parboo Sewpersadh is cautioning the public to stay away from the area.
He says: “Our public order police and multi-operational response teams deployed to the n2 in Umgababa say that the protesters have regrouped in large numbers and are stoning vehicles. We urge the public to stay away from the area and to use alternate routes, please.”
Earlier both the north and southbound carriageways were closed but the southbound carriageway is now open to traffic.
Metro police and SAPS are monitoring the situation.