LAND invaders took their anger to the streets yesterday morning.
Residents of Richmond Farm, north of Durban, blocked the road with burning tyres, causing traffic chaos.
They told Daily Sun they were angry that eThekwini municipal guards had demolished their shacks on Monday.
Mbuso Hadebe (38) said the guards arrived early and knocked down their shacks. He claimed they fired rubber bullets while they were demolishing the structures.
He said they injured a two-year-old child and several other residents.
“After the guards left, we rebuilt our shacks and now they’ve demolished more shacks. That’s why we decided to protest.”
Ntombifikile Mchunu (49) said: “We won’t stop building shacks until the councillor organises RDPs for us.”
Councillor Nokufika Biyela said: “If they want houses, they should go to the municipal offices and leave me out of this.”
Municipal spokesman Msawakhe Mayisela said: “The city had a number of anti-land invasion operations in Richmond Farm. We’ll continue to protect the land from unlawful occupation.”
KZN police spokeswoman Colonel Thembeka Mbele said: “A case of public violence was opened at Ntuzuma Police Station after 200 residents blockaded the road.”