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A  protest against a councillor in the Mshwathi local municipality have caused an estimated damage of properties worth R10 million.  KwaZulu-Natal government and police disclosed this in a statement.


Residents of the municipality set fire to the local SA Social Security Agency office, three social development department cars, a construction vehicle, and a roads department water tanker, police spokesperson Lieutenant Thulani Zwane said.


Residents were apparently unhappy with their local councillor and they started a protest late on Monday night. They claimed the councillor had been imposed on them following the August 3 local government elections.


Cases of malicious damage to property and public violence were opened at the New Hanover police station. No arrests had been made and no injuries were reported.Just properties like cars and houses were only destroyed.

KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance MEC, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, condemned the destruction and urged police to catch the perpetrators. The province could not allow such distractions at the start of a new term of local government, she said.