Tempers flare, threats of violence in Ezibeleni

TEMPERS have flared in Ezibeleni with a taxi driver allegedly pulling out a firearm as protesters tried to stop him from entering the area this morning.

Protesters offload tyres as the road into Ezibeleni is blockaded 

Access roads to Ezibeleni are blocked and vehicles can not enter or exit. Sources on the scene indicate that group of residents are threatening to stone and burn cars forcing their way in and out.

The protest, which has closed down Komani, is related to service delivery complaints in the embattled Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality.

The municipality, which has managed to stave off a power shutdown due to outstanding debt owed to Eskom since the start of this year, is facing its second auction of vehicles and other assets as a result of over R21-million owed to a contractor following the construction of a community hall in Sterkstroom.

Several other roads, including near Ilinge, have also been blockaded.

Protesters are demanding a meeting with the provincial government in addressing their concerns.

The latest protest action follows a peaceful march in town last week calling for intervention in the town’s financial affairs.

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