Ladysmith was brought to a complete standstill this morning (August 28) by protesting IFP members, with taxis blocking all the main roads throughout town.
The aim of the protest was to hand over a memorandum to the office of KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety & Liaison Mr Mxolisi Kaunda.
The protesters’ grievances include what they perceive to be non-existent service delivery in the Uthukela District, the fuel price, the increase of VAT and also the closing of SASSA payout points.
Over 2000 protesters from Indaka, Bergville, Estcourt, Mbabazane and Ladysmith took to the streets, along with almost 500 taxis.
The protest march started at Agra Grounds and made its way to the Town Hall in Murchison Street.
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There, a memorandum was handed over to the office of the MEC.
The IFP has given the MEC seven days to responded to the issues they have raised and say that if they don’t get a response within that time frame, another protest will be staged.
This has been one of the biggest marches in Ladysmith, commented Councillor Abbas Warasally.