Student set alight as Dundee unrest escalates

2013-05-08 00:00

A SIBONGILE resident, Sphamandla Mkhize, was set alight as unrest escalated in the Dundee township on Monday night.

Mkhize (21), an FET college student, was targeted apparently because he lives next door to eNdumeni Municipality speaker Sduduzo Mdluli.

He is recovering in hospital.

During the rioting, a vehicle owned by Pakistani nationals was set alight and their tuckshops looted.

Local residents said police escorted the Pakistanis from the area, but provincial police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane could not confirm this.

He said some Pakistani nationals went to the police station seeking help following Monday’s incidents.

Zwane said a case of public violence was opened at Dundee police station.

He said 13 suspects aged between 19 and 35 were arrested and charged with public violence. They would appear in the Dundee Magistrate’s Court today.

A source said: “The situation is so volatile that if there is no intervention we don’t know what more will happen, because community members are demanding that the provincial government intervene and suspend certain councillors and officials at eNdumeni Municipality.”

Council speaker Sduduzo Mdluli confirmed that the chief financial officer’s office was burned, but said no crucial documents were lost.

He said the council would meet leaders of the Pakistani residents to find a way of integrating them back in the township because “criminals” were behind the attacks.

Mdluli said Mkhize had been caught in the crossfire.

The Witness reported yesterday that the acting municipal manager’s office was set alight last week by residents who were protesting the suspension of municipal manager Thabani Biyela last month.

It is alleged that Biyela had lied about his qualifications during an interview before he was appointed in September. But Biyela denied the allegations and attributed his suspension to his alleged refusal to authorise a possibly irregular R21 million tender.

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube said: “We have commenced with a process to investigate thoroughly and urgently the source of this commotion.”

Dube said she wanted to address the issues jointly with the council and the community.


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