Durban, South Africa — A group of local taxi drivers staged a protest following the murder of a truck and taxi driver at the hands of whoonga addicts, police say.
The protest allegedly is on its 2-week mark starting last Monday. According to reports, civilians and taxi drivers are targeting suspected drug suppliers in the Richards Bay CBD. Police had to close local businesses, entrances, and exit routes due to the on-going riot.
“The functions in the harbour are continuing, but only partially because the trucks are stuck on the N2 and can’t come into the town,” DA councillor Henning de Wet said. We are an industrial town and therefore this is having a ripple effect.”
Zululand Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Thabani Shale supported the statement. “Some employees didn’t report for duty. We’ve been working with the police to reduce the movement of goods and services.”
Moreover, tourism and economical unions have condemned the protests due to the negative effects it brings to small businesses.
“Even a few hours of disruption or job stoppage are a huge threat to investment,” they said.
Furthermore, accounts claim that the community was outraged at the deaths of the two men, and decided to take action.
However, authorities have arrested 30 protesters, which further angered the community.
City mayor Mduduzi Mhlongo advised the protestors to take up the matter in a legal manner.
“This protest has had dire consequences for the economy of the province, and country as a whole,” the mayor says. “We appeal to all people that when such issues arise, there are ways and means to handle them. They must act within the law.
“The taxi industry is a massive one and if people lose their jobs then this means there will be fewer commuters.”