KZN mayor distances himself from shooting incident

2015-11-12 20:33
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Johannesburg - Jozini Local Municipality mayor, Berthwell Mthethwa, has distanced himself from a shooting incident that took place during a service delivery protest on Tuesday.

According to a statement issued by the municipality on Thursday, disgruntled Ward 3 community members took to the streets on Tuesday complaining about a lack of water supply.

The statement said community members allegedly took their frustration to the streets, set a store alight and called Mthethwa to arrive.

Mthethwa then went to the scene accompanied by police.

“As [Mthethwa], SAPS and other community members were on their way to Market Store they came across a mob of protesters chanting and [community members] started throwing stones at them.

“Shortly after that the protesters started firing bullets at the mayor and SAPS and the SAPS fired back to open a way in order to escape as their convoy was surrounded by the mob,” said the statement.  

Mthethwa was surprised to hear that someone was shot during the incident.

“There were allegations… that he is behind the shooting which left someone injured. The councillor wishes to state on record that he had nothing to do with the shooting that took place that night…”

The statement went on to say that there was no way that the mayor could have shot someone in full view of the police.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said charges of attempted murder and two counts of assault common were being investigated by the Jozini police.

“A 37-year-old man was shot and injured while at Ezineshe area attending a meeting. He was taken to the local clinic for medical attention. Two other victims were assaulted by the suspects.”

Zwane said no arrests had been made.  

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