Durban is on fire with heavy Protests , Vehicles set alight, Violence, riot and stone throwing, major roads blocked

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Durban is reportedly on fire with heavy and violent protests , riots- stone throwing, vehicles set alight  and roads blocked.

Report indicates that xenophobic attack ensued after the initial protest degenerated to looting, arson and reckless Mob  attack against  foreigners.

In a report by DailyMaverick: Temba Sibanda is holed up in his home in Benwood Road, Sydenham in Durban, too afraid to go outside to use the bathroom, let alone go to work. The foreign national, who has been in the country for four years, escaped falling victim to a marauding mob in the early hours of Monday by hiding away. More than 24 hours later Sibanda still would not set foot outside, fearful of being caught and injured by the mob.

“They knocked on my door and I didn’t answer. I can’t even go out to pee, I’m using a bucket,” he says, speaking softly over the phone, careful not to make any detectable noise fearing it may attract the mob.

According to the  victim who narrated that  about 100-strong mob entered their rooms, chased people outand grabbed their goods. At about 6am on Monday the mob moved to the shops, which were about to open.

“I heard gunshots and went out to look. Then I saw a Somali guy shooting with a gun upwards to scare the Zulu men,” he said.

Agatha Marutsi, a domestic worker from Zimbabwe, said her brother and sister-in-law were attacked on Monday when their home was surrounded and broken into. She said the protesters took all their belongings including beds, clothes, money and cellphones, leaving them with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

“They were saying ‘we want cash and money, you are taking our jobs,’ ” she said. She was terrified and alerted the police, who arrived hours later.

Marutsi says people were attacked with sticks and metal rods. She says they were advised by the police to temporarily evacuate the area and move to nearby relatives or friends.

Marutsi’s employer Andrea Watson said that prior to the attacks a warning had been posted on Facebook about a service delivery protest, but she later learnt of alleged disputes between local residents and foreign nationals over jobs.

“A lot of what is happening is also an excuse for criminal looting,” Watson said.

Some roads were  reopened, however situation is far from rectified so avoid if at all possible.

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– N2 Southbound at Queen Nandi Dr – ROAD CLOSED – Avoid

– Protesters in Springfield Pk,also blocking Inanda Rd over N2 bridge – Avoid

– N2 North closed at Sea Cow Lake Rd / Inanda Rd (M21) – Avoid

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– M21 CLOSED from Parlock to Springfield Park area – Avoid

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– North Coast Road is not open – especially at Queens Bridge – violent protests & rioting – NO GO AREA

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– M19 and Quarry Rd closed by informal settlement residents rioting – stay away

KZN, DURBAN

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