Long-standing KZN land dispute leaves priest dead, woman injured

2016-02-11 18:23

Johannesburg – A priest died and a woman was seriously injured during what is believed to be a long-standing dispute over land in Ndwedwe, near Highflats, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Social Development said on Thursday.

MEC Weziwe Thusi said it was believed that the feud started last year when a local priest allegedly invaded a neighbour's piece of land. 

"The matter was reported to the local induna, who ruled in favour of the neighbour. Last week the priest came across his neighbours and allegedly assaulted them with a stick. The women reported the assault to police."

Thusi said the priest was later found hanging in his home, and the neighbour's home was then torched.

She called for calm in the community and asked members not to take matters into their own hands.

"This matter can easily get out of hand and I believe that it must be left to the police. I don't know how it was allowed to escalate to this point, but I believe it can still be resolved if only it can be left to the police to handle it. I wish to call on the affected parties to calm down and let the law take its course," she said. 

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