The situation remains tense on the N3 in Mooi River in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands after protests turned violent and forced the total shutdown of the freeway on Sunday night (29 April 2018).
23 trucks were torched and 18 were looted in the late night protest. Traffic is being diverted on the N3 which is now partially open and clean up operations are underway.
Road safety officials have advised that road users traveling on N3 the next few days to avoid traveling in the evening.
The KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa has strongly condemned the unlawful protest action along N3 freeway near the Mooi River Toll Plaza.
“This is totally unacceptable and we will not condone people venting their anger by damaging private and public property or blockading our national roads.
We will intensify our operations and ensure that those responsible face the full might of the law. Any person who blocks our national roads will be treated as an ordinary criminal and will face the full might of the law.
There are many avenues for people to voice their grievances and resorting to criminality is definitely not one of them,” he said.
Last night at 19:30 a group of people began throwing objects on the N3 freeway and set some trucks alight.
Local police and neighbouring police stations were mobilised and dispersed a number of people who were looting the burning trucks.
A total of 54 people were arrested and will face charge of public violence.