Two trucks were set alight on Tuesday night on the R167 near Mpophomeni in the KZN Midlands, following a protest that began on Sunday. The DA-run local community uMngeni has accused the ANC of fueling the protests and says it has video evidence.
The R617 motorway and Mandela was blocked by angry residents on Monday, and the mayor of uMngeni, Chris Pappas, said the protesters refused to allow the municipality to conduct an electricity meter check on their homes.
Pappas said this was a condition for the restoration of electricity, which was lost due to a blown transformer be. Pappas said the transformer was overloaded by illegal connections.
In a post on Tuesday, Pappas said other power infrastructure in the Mpophomeni area has been threatened to give them a false impression that the community of uMngeni Mpophomeni is targeting it.
“There have also been threats against other community bodies,” Pappas said.
On Tuesday, the DA-led local community uMngeni accused the ANC of launching protests against the R617 fueled.
Pappas posted footage to social media showing ANC-tagged vehicles handing out T-shirts, packets of chips and bread to protesters reaching out for electricity meter checks.< /p>
“There is clear evidence that the disturbances are politically organized. It’s not about electricity anymore. The municipality is asking residents to provide information, videos and pictures of those involved. The City Council is keeping evidence of those involved and will file criminal charges and/or take disciplinary action if necessary,” said Pappas.
The ANC denied the allegations.