There have been six arrests.
Service delivery protest flares up in Durban
About 200 people were protesting on Alpine Road in Durban on Thursday morning, eThekwini metro police said.
The protesters were burning rubbish and tyres, spokesman Eugene Msomi said.
It was believed the protest was about service delivery.
Nabantu Zulu, a resident of the Jadhu Place squatter camp which borders Alpine Road, said residents had been protesting since 3.30am.
Zulu said he had been a resident at the squatter camp since 1991.
Residents were demanding to speak to eThekwini mayor James Nxumalo and would not stop blocking Alpine Road until their demands had been addressed.
“We are living in tins. They [eThekwini metro] gave us these as temporary [accommodation], but how long must we wait?” asked Zulu.
He said residents were demanding land, housing, electricity, water, and speed humps in Alpine Road.
The Jadhu Place squatter camp is believed to have between 1000 and 2000 residents.
Alpine Road is a major road linking the suburb of Overport with the Springfield industrial area.
Protesters, carrying bottles and vuvuzelas, were singing, dancing, and chanting on a hill overlooking Alpine Road.
About three kilometres of Alpine Road was closed.
“We demand housing, electricity, and land,” stated a placard.
The protesters claim they were promised housing in 2007 by a former eThekwini mayor and they had been forgotten.
One of the protesters, a woman, was lying in the street waiting for paramedics after she collapsed during the protest.
The SA Police Service and the metro police were monitoring the protest.
Police had to use teargas at various stages to disperse the group.
Alpine Road was littered with debris, bricks, tyres, and a tree.
Residents of Overport were looking nervously at the protesters from their houses.
Employees of Durban Solid Waste were waiting to clear the road.