Wentworth Engen refinery under fire, residents want it shut

Published by Andile Sicetsha

Residents from Wentworth, south of Durban, have come out in their hundreds to voice their frustration with the environmental dangers brought by Engen’s refinery.

Wentworth locals want Engen refinery shut down

The demonstrations we saw in videos posted on social media come four days after the refinery on Tara Road went up in flames following an explosion.

The cause of it is still unclear but its impact was felt by hundreds of Wentworth residents whose properties suffered extensive damage.

As reported by East Coast Radio, approximately 400 residents held placards and large banners, calling on Engen to shut down the refinery that has polluted the environment in the area for far too long.

Wentworth residents say the oil giant’s total disregard of the community is repulsive and action must be taken immediately. At the time this article was published, protest leaders had begun the process of handing over a memorandum of demands to management at the refinery.

Watch: Protesters demonstrate frustration with oil giant

Thus far, the civil organisation leading the protests has not made a statement. This is the latest on the ground coverage of the protest action taking place in Durban South on Wednesday.