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Mayor Kaunda condemns N3 freeway blockage by local artists
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Date: 2021-10-04 06:15:41

Mayor Kaunda condemns N3 freeway blockage by local artists

ETHEKWINI NEWSFLASH

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02 SEPTEMBER 2020

MAYOR KAUNDA CONDEMNS N3 FREEWAY BLOCKAGE BY LOCAL ARTISTS

EThekwini Municipality Mayor, Mxolisi Kaunda has condemned in the strongest terms the unruly behaviour by local artists who this morning 02/09/2020, blocked the N3 freeway causing disturbance to the traffic flow and inconvenience to road users for more than three hours.

It is alleged that the artists were calling for the opening up of the creative sector under the current lockdown level 2 so that the entertainment sector can also benefit. According to Metro Police, about 30 protestors have been arrested from this morning’s blockade. Earlier this week, Tansnat bus drivers, a company operating buses for the City blockaded roads with buses which resulted to traffic grinding to a halt during rush hour.

“As Mayor of the City, I wish to denounce the unlawful conduct of blockading of roads to resolve matters. We understand that various sectors and industries have been hard hit economically by the COVID-19 global pandemic but the unruly actions and acts of economic sabotage will not be tolerated and those who go against the law will be brought to book. As government, we are aware that economy is severely strained.

Therefore, we implore you to exercise patience during this difficult time as we work towards recovering our economy for the benefit of all. As a democratic government, our doors remain open to discuss issues affecting our residents. Most importantly, we respect the right of people to embark on peaceful protests. What we will not tolerate is anarchy and blockading of roads which puts a further strain in our ailing economy,” said Mayor Kaunda.

ENDS

Issued by the Mayor’s Office. For more information, kindly contact Municipal Spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela on 060 966 4220.