The violent situation is Durban is getting out of hand and residents are taking the laws into their own hands.
The furious agitators threatened authorities that “No person shall live a good life with our money while we remain poor.”
In a statement by the police, the factories were set alight following violent protests by community members.
Police fired stun grenades to disperse a group of community members who allegedly became violent after they handed over a memorandum to the municipality.
The area has been gripped by protests since Monday, after a letter titled “Shutdown Mandeni” circulated among residents.
The letter stated that the protest action was aimed at stopping the spending of the community’s money, the alleged reckless usage of municipality resources and alleged nepotism within the entity.
“No person shall live a good life with our money while we remain poor,” the letter read.
The letter also called for the resignation of the mayor, Siphesihle Zulu.
Police spokesman Lt-Col Thulani Zwane said police were closely monitoring the situation.
“They went to nearby shops where they looted and vandalised those shops. One suspect (27) was arrested for public violence at Mandeni police station.
“A vehicle which was passing by was set alight by angry protesters.
“This morning the roads were still blocked with rubble and stones. No arrests have been made for the burning of factories,” said Zwane.