Aug 23, 2010
Civil service strikers burnt a car and barricaded the Mangosuthu Highway, in Umlazi, says KwaZulu-Natal police.
“At about 1am this morning [Monday] a group of protestors barged into Prince Mshiyeni Hospital in Umlazi and burnt a car belonging to a worker at the hospital,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Vincent Mdunge.
They proceeded to the Mangosuthu Highway at 5am and stopped traffic going into and out of the township.
“At this stage, the highway has been closed. The protestors have barricaded the road with a fridge and scrap cars. Police were on the scene and have started removing the barricade,” he said.
There was a mob on the road. No arrests had been made.
The Congress of SA Trade Unions and the Independent Labour Caucus announced a nationwide strike about a week ago after rejecting the government’s offer of a seven percent salary increase and a R700 a month housing allowance.
They are demanding an 8.6 percent increase and R1, 000 housing allowance.