Two killed over illegal power connections

2013-10-20 15:57

Durban - Two men were shot dead during clashes with municipal officials attempting to disconnect illegal electricity supply at an informal settlement, the Sunday Tribune reported on Sunday.

According to the newspaper, Malizo Fakaza and Nhlanhla Mkhize were killed during clashes between eThekwini municipal officials and residents at the New Germany informal settlement in Durban's Reservoir Hills suburb.

In all, nine people, including Fakaza and Mkhize, were shot by security guards.

The guards had accompanied officials who had been dispatched to disconnect the illegal electricity connections.

They had been sent to disconnect cables drawing power from a nearby school and garages.

The newspaper quoted police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker as saying that the nine security guards had been arrested and their firearms had been seized.

They were charged with murder and attempted murder.

  • Mc Apple - 2013-10-20 16:04

    One can only shake ones head. Only in this country can criminals get away with everything but try and protect yourself and you are the one in trouble.

      Patrick Mositsa - 2013-10-20 16:29

      Exactly, that's what i'm askin myself, what a joke..

      Adrian Bruwer - 2013-10-20 19:43

      I'm gobsmacked. Thought these guys would get praises, but now they get arrested. Does NOT make sense!!

      Slow Poizn - 2013-10-21 07:26

      when i started reading this article i thought the guards would get promoted.....this certainly is a brilliant country

      Marc Ross - 2013-10-21 07:29

      These charges are automatically laid after any shooting. Even police face these charges because any weapon discharge is (and should be investigated). If you hit a pedestrian with your car a case is opened against you, even if the pedestrian is lying drunk in the middle of the road. So no worries, the judge will weigh up the facts and charges against the guards will be dropped. What never siezes to amaze me is the sense of entitlement in SA. Not only are the electrical connections illigal but people are prepared to violently protect what was never theirs to start with.

      Pume Magwaza - 2013-10-21 08:47

      Story is vague

  • Mike Purchase - 2013-10-20 16:26

    And old pole turtle is proud of this i guess,what a useless specimen!

  • Roy Chambal - 2013-10-20 16:35

    On the next similar occasion where Police Officials or Security guards will be sent to a scene you really think they will go? and if they did u really think they will perform their best, knowing very well that they will be attached by criminal and possible get killed because they can not retaliate even if their are being attached!!! which is why this country's rime is so uncontrollable high!!! which is why Officials often get killed at crime scene by criminals who do no hesitate to SHOOT2KILL!!! Thugs and Criminals are the kings of this Country and protected by the Law - Proudly Brought to you by South African Constitution, if you touch them you will have a lot to answer in Court

  • Cronj√© Oosthuizen - 2013-10-20 16:47

    Why are the criminals protected here?

      Erna Westdyk - 2013-10-20 17:08

      This isn't the only time and place criminals are protected - it hapens all the time. Just look how politicians are protected!

  • Johan Steyn - 2013-10-20 16:53

    It shows yet again you can get away with everything if your skin colour is black.

  • Shoogafoot Jones - 2013-10-20 17:11

    What led to the shooting? Are we to assume the guards decided to shoot "just because"? I think they are leaving out the fact that the two who justifiably made good started the hooliganism.

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2013-10-20 17:13

    Poor ordinary South Africans trying to make a living and getting killed in the process! Those reactionary security guards (are they real South African) must face music. Now, who will sponsor the funerals, Mamphele? As for those murderers, they need a commission...

      Mc Apple - 2013-10-20 17:25

      Yeah, I hate it when armed communities charges at people just doing their jobs with sticks, stones, knifes and guns to invite them to a tee party. So hard to interpret those kind of invitations.

      Hayley Kruger - 2013-10-20 17:30

      Molase - did you read "ILLEGAL" electricity connection? I am also an ordinary SA citizen trying to make a living but I work damn hard and PAY for what I want, I don't steal it.

      Jacques Otto - 2013-10-20 17:34

      Malose stealing power is not hard and honest working. It is theft leaving how dead a year due to fire and electricution. Half an article as security wont just shoot just like marikana was not just innocent miners protesting

      Jacques Otto - 2013-10-20 17:34

      Malose stealing power is not hard and honest working. It is theft leaving how dead a year due to fire and electricution. Half an article as security wont just shoot just like marikana was not just innocent miners protesting

      Piet Snot - 2013-10-20 17:56

      Stealing is not making a living - no wait that is what is done in some places in South Africa - and the ANC condones it - even in the Parliament

  • Patricia Dewet - 2013-10-20 17:49

    What happened to the criminals. They went home with their stolen electricity. The school and the garage have to pay and they enjoy.

  • Wynne Strydom - 2013-10-20 17:50


  • Nyika - 2013-10-20 18:37

    I can see that all white people are united today after being divided by a pigeon race yesterday. After all,they are black people who got killed.

      Bond - 2013-10-20 23:01

      Nyika, love playing the race card hey. It's F'ng idiots like u that are destroying this beautiful country, try showing some love

  • Bertus Pretorius - 2013-10-20 18:49

    Why did security guards go with and not thr SAPD?

  • Mike Swart - 2013-10-20 18:50

    Those security guards are probably desperate individuals who had no choice but to be involved in the fracas reported in the article. Security guards are again made to pay the penalty. Why were there no police to keep order?

      Moosa Ally - 2013-10-20 22:02

      What police?

  • mica.gogome - 2013-10-20 20:00

    I guess those two securities acted on self defence.Otherwise they would have been killed by the mob of the illiterates.I'm saying this because i know those poeples.I know them,When they cannot think they kill.

  • Samantha Ravenscroft - 2013-10-20 22:46

    Poverty is no excuse for theft.We are all poor in different ways due to high taxes and municipal tariffs. Our expenses are are brought on by people who steal and justify it with poverty just like these settlements. They can afford to use electricity and water freely while the paying public count every kilowatt and kilolitre consumed. And since when is electricity and water a birthright? Tell that to parents like mine,who raised us in a wood and iron house,with a soak pit toilet,water tanks to collect rain water and parrafin lamps for light. They didnt wait for government handouts or put the burden of guilt on the rest of society for our poverty.They also didn't steal. And as long as the new South Africa keeps looking to the government for hand outs, they will remain a useless people who can't survive without crime. In life nobodys owes you anything,you owe it to yourself to succeed and survive.

      Hayley Kruger - 2013-10-21 15:26

      Samantha - very well said!

  • Heinrich Etsebeth - 2013-10-21 06:52

    This reminds me of an incident in the late 80's where a community descended upon a police station in the middle of an informal settlement. Those 8 odd officers were gutted for merely protecting themselves from thousands of advancing bodies. A mob that size does not need a single fire arm to be a threat.

  • Michael Kleber - 2013-10-21 06:59

    One of these days it will only be the criminals who will have guns as the police and security officers will not want to carry them anymore because if they use them on criminals they get arrested for murder so why carry a gun then , i tell you we need to change our laws , but yet the criminal all have guns and dont hesitate to shoot . ANC you sure know how to mess up a country

      Jurie Nel - 2013-10-21 07:40

      Michael, I quote Bill Ruger: "If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns." And your scenario is right -- what we have in this country is "constructive outlawing of guns".

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