Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
3 minute read
24 Jul 2021
2:30 pm

#KZNHeroes: Protests brought Westville community closer together

Bernadette Wicks

While Gauteng and KZN burned, some showed extraordinary courage to ensure their communities weren't engulfed. We tell their stories.

Westville residents guarding their local Spar meet up every night since the rioting took place a week before, 20 July 2021, KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: Jacques Nelles

The community of Westville, in Durban, says the violent unrest that rocked the city - and KwaZulu-Natal more broadly - earlier this month, has only brought it closer together. “If something positive has come out of this entire experience, it’s that this community has knitted tighter together, bringing every single race together,” Wayne East told The Citizen. A martial arts expert and the head of his local neighbourhood watch, East knows well how to keep his fears at bay. The first time he went out to join the community patrols after the unrest began, though, he took a moment to...