Dozens of protesters took to the streets of Durban on Monday, November 9, blockading roads with burning tires and debris in Riverhorse Valley (Newlands East). Reports indicate that the protests commenced at around 04:00 (local time) and the areas of Effingham, Greenwood Park, and North Coast Road were affected; however, authorities have indicated that demonstrators have since dispersed. It is understood residents gathered to demand better housing infrastructure and job opportunities in the Riverhorse Valley area.
Further protests are likely in Durban over the near term and are likely to be accompanied by localized transport disruptions and further clashes between demonstrators and security forces.
Those in Durban are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, plan alternative routes if traveling, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities. Travelers encountering a protest or roadblock should never attempt to drive through it, as such actions may provoke a violent response from demonstrators, including attacks on vehicles.
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