Attack on municipal contractor condemned

2015-08-12 06:00

AN eThekwini Municipal water contractor, who was viciously attacked while repairing a burst pipe in Umlazi on 4 August, is recovering at Prince Mshiyeni Hospital in KwaMatkhuta.The contractor was working in Cyril Grove, F section when he was beaten by a group of criminals. He had been responding to a community complaint about a leaking pipe.This incident follows shortly after two other violent attacks against contractors in the same township.Another contractor was attacked and shot at Georgedale, west of Durban recently.eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo has expressed concern following the spate of incident targeted at municipal contractors as it was the fourth reported attack in recent weeks.“This incident follows shortly after two other incidents in the same township as well as another assault in Georgedale. Such brutal attacks are committed by criminals who want to render the municipality helpless and hinder service deliver,” said Nxumalo.He said these attacks would not deter the municipality from accelerating service delivery to communities. He urged residents to be alert and report any suspicious behaviour.“Let us take a collective responsibility for the safety of our contractors and their employees and report anyone lurking around contractors on duty,” Nxumalo said.The mayor’s office will engage with councillors as well as police to raise their concerns after the violent and brutal assaults on municipal contractors.“We will work collectively to find a long-term solution to ensure the safety of workers on site,” said Nxumalo.

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