Vagrants live in fear

2017-10-18 06:02
Mthobisi Ngubane is in crutches after being attacked.PHOTOS: makhosandile zulu

Mthobisi Ngubane is in crutches after being attacked.PHOTOS: makhosandile zulu

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AFTER being attacked for the second time in a month,
vagrants on East and Pietermaritz streets have moved from their normal sleeping spot in fear of their lives.

They were allegedly attacked by residents of Masukwana Street Hostel last Thursday, when many were badly injured, and one was killed.

Vukani Madlala, a homeless man in Pietermaritz Street, who was attacked, told Maritzburg Fever he has now moved into the CBD.

“I now sleep in the CBD because we didn’t feel safe at our previous location.

“These people want to kill us. They won’t even tell us what we did to them - they just attacked us.

“My sight in my right eye is weak. I cannot eat because my teeth are sore due to the attack. I only drink amahewu (home-brewed
beverage) and juice. These people are abusing us,” said Madlala.

Siphiwe Gwamanda, who was also injured, said he is going to leave East Street.

“Whenever we hear noises now, we fear for our lives because we don’t know if they going to attack us again. I can’t even walk properly. I don’t know what I will do if they come back and attack us again because I can’t run as I am injured,” he said.

Mxolisi Zuma said he is upset about what happened because they don’t know what they did wrong.

“The person that was killed used to sleep next to me every day. I saw them [Masukwana East Street residents] attacking him because I was hiding in the bush.

“What I saw that day still gives me nightmares. The only reason we are on this street [East Street] is because everything is close to us. The cardboard we collect and sell is here as well as the taxis that we wash.”

Zuma claims three people were killed, not one. The one was thrown into a river, another one died in hospital and the third one apparently died on the bridge on the corner of Chief Albert Luthuli and Victoria streets.

However, Pietermaritzburg SAPS spokesperson Captain Khosi
Khonjelwayo could only confirm one murder.

“One person succumbed to the injuries he sustained from the incident.

“He died in hospital.”

She said police are investigating a case of murder and three cases of attempted murder.

She said no one has been arrested.

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