Shakaville residents protest demanding jobs

2016-04-27 06:00

IRATE Shakaville residents, according to a protester, protested from Monday until Thursday demanding to be employed on government construction projects in the area.

The protester, who asked to remain anonymous, claimed that during protest action on Thursday, a 23-year-old female was shot and wounded on the thigh.

He said the injured person was rushed to the hospital, adding that traffic and police officials had fired shots at protesters.

The source said protesters are demanding that locals, rather than people from eThembeni, should be employed on the construction of the community hall and the renovation of RDP houses in the area.

“We want to be addressed by the mayor,” said the source, “because we tried to talk to our ward councillor, but she told us people from D section are not her people.”

KwaDukuza SAPS spokesperson, warrant officer Johannes Khoza said a case of public violence was opened with the police however no arrests had been made.

It is believed that rubber bullets were used by the KwaDukuza Municipality Crime Prevention Unit to disperse the rioters and that the injured person may have been shot at that moment.

The municipality’s communication officer Sphelelo Ngobese said: “The foregoing matter is being investigated and you will be informed once we receive the report of the outcomes.”

The source said a public meeting that was set to take place on Saturday which was meant to be attended by the ward councillor was postponed for Wednesday, 27 April.

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