National 22.2.2016 11:37 am

VIDEO: KZN councillor’s house, car set alight

FILE PICTURE: Tyres and rubble burn during a service delivery protest. Picture: Nardus Engelbrecht/SAPA

FILE PICTURE: Tyres and rubble burn during a service delivery protest. Picture: Nardus Engelbrecht/SAPA

Protesters continue to run riot through the township outside Ballito.

Video footage has emerged showing the burning house and car believed to be belonging to ward four councillor Jetro Banda.

Police are scene on the scene while firefighters battle to put out fire on the vehicle.

Shakashead residents outside Ballito in KwaZulu-Natal closed N2 and R102 with burning tyres and tree branches before setting fire to Banda‘s home and car this morning.

Banda has been taken to safety, North Coast Courier reported.

It is alleged the protestors are demanding the removal of Shakashead councillor Banda.

The video shows police dispersing the protesting crowd.

Umhlali police spokesperson Vinny Pillay said hundreds of protestors are continuing to riot through the township, stoning police and attempting to push their way back onto the highway.

“While the N2 has been reopened we ask the public to use alternate routes where possible and to avoid entering Shakas Head as it is not safe,” said Pillay.

In a separate incident, Ivory Park residents in Khotsong section, on the east of Johannesburg, took to the streets last year to protest over lack of service delivery and called for the removal of the ward 78 councillor.

Police were on the scene trying to quell off the situation as it was likely going to turn violent. This following a stand-off between the protesters and hawkers who were protecting their businesses from being looted.

She said protesters cordoned off main roads to the area with rocks and burning tyres as police fired rubber bullets and teargas. At present, 13 people have been arrested for violent conduct.

– Caxton News Service

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