A group of approximately 300 protesters took to the streets of Pietermaritzburg demanding to address the service delivery issues.
The action initially erupted in Msunduzi Municipality, where the local hostel dwellers had suffered a power outage. Armed with knobkerries and other weapons, the disturbed crowd marched through the area burning vehicles and spreading unrest across the city.
Around 8pm on Tuesday, they approached the City Hall urging mayor Themba Njilo to meet with the angry residents. Apparently, the official was unavailable at that moment, which only provoked a new wave of rage among the protesters.
The public order policing unit working on the scene arrested 25 people due to public violence committed. As the demonstrators were burning tyres during the evening action, the city was covered with smog the next morning.