Eshowe shooting: police waiting to take statement from victim

2011-01-05 00:00

POLICE are constantly in touch with the woman who was helped by KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Health Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo while on his way to visit the victims of a fatal lightning strike in the Mpumazi area of Eshowe on Monday.

Dhlomo and his convoy stopped to give emergency medical assistance to the woman who was found with gunshot wounds on her head and body.

Neighbours had come to her aid after hearing her cries from a nearby stream that morning.

Lieutenant-Colonel Vincent Mdunge, spokesperson for the SA Police Force in KwaZulu-Natal, confirmed that a case of attempted murder has been opened, adding that the police are waiting for the woman to recover before taking a statement from her.

“We will take a sworn statement from her once she is in a stable condition,” Mdunge said.

The woman is believed to be from Ndwedwe north of Durban and was in Mpumazi to visit her boyfriend when she was shot.

The circumstances surrounding her shooting are unknown and her identity has not yet been released.

Meanwhile, the burial of the seven victims of last Sunday’s lightning strike in Mpumazi will take place at their homesteads this Sunday.

Vernon Mchunu, spokesperson for the MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube, said the mass funeral service that will precede the burial will take place at the local Mpumazi Primary School.

The funeral costs will be covered by the provincial government.

Four members of the Cele family and three of the Mahaye family died when they were struck by lightning on Sunday afternoon.

The two people who survived are still being treated at the local hospital.

Dube said, “During our inspection-in-loco on Monday, we were saddened to discover that the dead hail from very destitute families, thus compelling us as the provincial government to step in in terms of funeral costs …

“By Wednesday we expect doctors to have finished post-mortems on the bodies so that the relatives can have death certificates that will allow us to bury them this coming weekend.”

Mchunu said the department is organising food and tents as temporary shelter for the survivors and co-ordinating the provision of social services and permanent housing by other departments.

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