Former president Jacob Zuma’s daughter Dudu Zuma-Sambudla has taken to social media to say the protesters who are burning tyres on a number of busy roads in Empangeni, north of Durban, are her father’s supporters.

This contradicts KwaZulu-Natal police who have denied reports that the protesters are pro-Zuma supporters.

The Empangeni protesters are reportedly threatening to burn trucks that are passing through the town.

Meanwhile, Durban Metro police spokesperson Parbhoo Sewpersadh says that affected areas in Durban include Alpine and Umgeni Roads and the N2 at Sibaya.

He has urged motorists to use alternative routes.

It’s not yet clear what these several protests are linked to.

The police’s Thembeka Mbhele says there is no evidence that the protests are linked to an alleged shutdown of roads and businesses by pro-Zuma supporters.

SABC traffic correspondent Rob Byrne says, “They have taken to the streets and the have threatened to shutdown not only roads but businesses, factories, that’s all in the flyer. It is on multiple occasions. Around Umlazi there are burning tyres. And also trucks pulling over in Durban, Gateway you might find that section of the N2 restricted and closed.”

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