Protestors cause havoc on the R102
A group of protestors believed to be between the ages of 10 and 17 caused havoc on the R102 near KwaDukuza over the weekend.
Three cane trucks were set alight by the protesters who were demanding speed bumps to be installed on the stretch of road.
One of the cane truck operators, Peter Cunningham of Siyavuka Cane Transport was one the victims. Peter explained that his driver was first to stop at the barricade set up by the protestors. Shortly after that another two cane trucks pulled up behind the first. The demonstrators proceeded to set the vehicles alight, one by one. The trucks could not perform a U-turn as they are 22m long. Peter called the police who took over two hours to respond. By this stage, the trucks have been fully burnt out.
Peter estimates the replacement value of the vehicle at around R1.2 million. Each truck was carrying an estimated R15 000 worth of sugarcane.
A police spokesman has indicated that a case of malicious damage to property was opened, however, no suspects have been arrested yet.
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