Striker shot in stand-off

2011-08-26 00:00

A STRIKER was shot by municipal security on Wednesday night, less than 24 hours after Msunduzi Municipality announced it was using the guards to safeguard non-striking workers and contractors.

Musa Zungu (51), who works in the electricity department as a truck assistant, was shot in the head outside his home in Havelock Road. He is fighting for his life in Chief Albert Luthuli Hospital in Durban.

His older brother, Shisizwe Zungu, said, “He was shot for merely asking contract workers who were cleaning the street outside his house why they were working [during the strike].”

Zungu said he hopes his brother survives so his side of the story can be heard.

Neighbours said Musa had asked the contract workers why they were working and was told to speak to the guard.

Said a woman who asked not to be named, “The next thing we heard was a gunshot and we could hear that it was hitting someone.”

The neighbours said the security guard’s gun was in his holster when the shooting occured.

The SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) condemned the shooting and blamed the municipality.

“We have been informed that the municipal security was instructed by management to shoot to kill our members,” local Samwu secretary Thulani Nzimande told a press briefing.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan urged the witnesses to come forward. She said the security guard was seated in his vehicle providing protection for the street cleaners when he was confronted by a man who produced a firearm and stopped the supervisor from getting out of the vehicle.

The guard alighted and saw the man point the firearm at him. The supervisor drew his firearm and fired one shot.

The security guard has opened a case against Zungu for allegedly pointing a firearm, said Jeevan. A licensed 9 mm pistol and 10 live rounds allegedly belonging to Zungu were found on the scene.

Spokesperson Brian Zuma said the municipality is saddened by the incident, and appealed for calm. He said there was no instruction from the municipal management to shoot.

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