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Pregnant woman shot during Mpuma protest

2014-08-25 17:51

Malalane - A pregnant woman had to be hospitalised after being hit with a rubber bullet during a service delivery protest in Mpumalanga.

This came after the community of Mzinti village, south of Malalane, went on the rampage barricading the D797 connecting Malalane and Nkomazi villages on Monday demanding water and electricity.

When the unknown woman was shot none of the police officers helped her. With the assistance of community members, one motorist drove her to hospital.

“They better kill us; we are going back to that road and until they give us water, they are going to see our true colours,” shouted a community member.

“We just watch their tactics. They shot at a defenceless pregnant woman and did not even bother to help her,” shouted another community member.

The community protested along the road in the morning but were dispersed by heavily armed police officers, where the pregnant woman was injured. In the afternoon they were back protecting.

Community representative Nothando Lubisi said the community had had enough.

“We want water and electricity, some portions of this area have been here since we were born, but there’s no tap water we rely on fetching water from the steams or buy from the very same municipality that is supposed to provide us with water,” said Lubisi.

Lubisi also said municipal member of mayoral committee Million Shongwe lied to them that during their protest in July he said the municipal would come up with a preliminary solution.

No-show

“Shongwe promised to come within a week to meet us with the mayor [Thulisile Khoza] but he didn’t show up at that meeting. He also promised that he will ask the municipality to give us water for free but he lied too, we cannot take this anymore; its either they kill us with their police guns or give us our water,” said Lubisi.

The community called for Premier David Mabuza to come address them.

Mabuza’s spokesperson Zibonele Mncwango said the premier was not planning to address the protestors as he was not aware of the protest.

“The premier is not going to come to address those people. I’m hearing this from media people on the scene like you. The premier is now attending an ANC meeting as it happens every Monday,” said Mncwango.

Nkomazi municipal spokesperson Cyril Ripinga told African Eye News Service that the municipality was not avoiding the community but were in a process of providing water.

“Nobody is running away from them; nobody is afraid to speak to them. What is happening is that the municipality is busy working on a plan to provide water in the area, there a multi-million rand projects for that community and they will be completed by the end of next month,” said Ripinga.

Attempts to speak to Shongwe were unfruitful as his phone was on voicemail.

Provincial police spokesperson Selvy Mohlala and his deputies Colonel Leonard Hlathi and Sargent Gerald Sedibe were unavailable on their phones when contact for comment.

Comments
  • John Greystoke - 2014-08-25 17:58

    Shocking! I am once again without words! How awful! What is a pregnant woman doing protesting? Duh!

      Jonathan Woods - 2014-08-25 18:14

      But yet again the people of this area have gone without for years and have done absolutely nothing other than expect something to magically happen because some zanc plonker said so ! And even worse is that they believed him and again voted for the very same people ! And people wonder why others look on and consider Africa backward !

  • Rose Mashigo - 2014-08-25 18:05

    Wtf was she doing there in the first place

      sthembize.zulu - 2014-08-25 18:08

      Rose, she was protesting for water and electricity services.

  • Phogole Ragi - 2014-08-25 18:08

    Mpulanga residents are stupid residents on ou country. Thy hv voted anc wth a huge numbet en thy a rewarted wth cow sloitering.wht mor di thy want.?.?

  • Phogole Ragi - 2014-08-25 18:09

    I fulu agree eth u rose.she tht she id pregnant

  • Bonginkos Reuben Mabunda - 2014-08-25 18:24

    MP is 85.81% ANC which make it the highst ANC voters & Nkomazi municipality 94.88% bt its the most disadvantaged, sorry 4 the proresting prgnt woman

  • Bonginkos Reuben Mabunda - 2014-08-25 18:24

    MP is 85.81% ANC which make it the highst ANC voters & Nkomazi municipality 94.88% bt its the most disadvantaged, sorry 4 the proresting prgnt woman

  • Leigh-anne Baaliah - 2014-08-25 18:24

    No sympathy from me.

  • Norman Mothomeng Namane - 2014-08-25 18:27

    Good story to tell. Vote 4 them 2day n baricate roads 2morow in the fashionable service delivery protest. Why complain, continue suffering while cattle n chicken in nkandla enjoy first class life.

  • DarrenCooper68 - 2014-08-25 18:34

    Tsk tsk, it seems the locals are revolting

  • DarrenCooper68 - 2014-08-25 18:36

    In a democracy, the people get the government they deserve. The ink is still drying on the ballots from the recent elections. When you have the vote, you really don't to act like hooligans, vote them out and give someone else 4 years and see how they do.

  • Motsamai Shiya - 2014-08-25 18:52

    That is the reward for voting ANC into power.....

  • Silencekhorombi Silence - 2014-08-25 18:52

    Thats the better life msholozi is delivering to u since u voted for his corrupt party,i guess u still waiting those cows that he promise to sloughter for morons.

  • Trevor Whitehead - 2014-08-25 19:14

    Wow!!! Another great story for the ruling mother effers

  • Trevor Whitehead - 2014-08-25 19:14

    Lol

  • Zahir - 2014-08-25 19:25

    There was no protest there if the anc says the people have water it must be true the anc always over delivers

  • Bradly Minnaar - 2014-08-25 19:27

    Too many good anc stories to tell. Ive lost count.

  • Nick Fourie - 2014-08-25 19:43

    Your people vote them in and now you complain, if you want water pay for it like most of us.

      Janine Nortje - 2014-08-26 13:51

      Exactly! We pay and it goes up because they DEMAND it for effing free.

  • Seek Anfind - 2014-08-25 20:26

    how stupid for a pregnant woman to be running around during a protest. perhaps this is Darwin sparing the world from having an extra idiot in our midst!!

  • piet.vanzyl - 2014-08-25 22:00

    Gwede will be happy as it is the Police in an ANC governed province that shot her!! Imagine if it was in the WCape, then it would have been racism.

  • Jack Thomas - 2014-08-26 00:47

    Proof of empty promises made, that now resurfaces to bite them in the ass.. Sigh!

  • Christa Flanagan - 2014-08-26 02:56

    Firstly: why was the pregnant woman in the chaos of the riot? No consideration for her unborn child? Secondly : they voted for their government and now they have to pay the price for their choice made! Thirdly : all over South Africa nie just hears everyone shouting "i want, i want" and then they want it for free! Why not pay for goods or services like the rest of us? They want everything for MAHALA ! What a sorry state of a corrupt country we are living in!

  • Christina Setloboko - 2014-08-26 09:59

    pregnant and toyi-toying... the woman is an idiot, they voted for them now they must live with it end of story.

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