Municipal employee survives attack

PHOTO: siphelele nketoJafta Msindo shows his bandaged arm after he was attacked while on duty.
PHOTO: siphelele nketoJafta Msindo shows his bandaged arm after he was attacked while on duty.

AFTER 26 years of working as water and sanitation superintendent in the Harry Gwala District Municipality, Jafta Msindo (59) barely survived when he was attacked and robbed of two cellphones and money by criminals while on duty last Friday.

A case of robbery with a weapon was opened at the Kokstad Police Station.

Speaking to Fever in his Kokstad office, he described his work as dangerous. He received a phone call from an unknown man about a burst sewage pipe next to Eskom and when he went to investigate at 3 pm, he saw a leaking pipe and took photographs.

“After I finished taking photographs, I saw two men approaching me and they demanded money. I told them that I don’t have money and they beat me with a hammer on the head and stabbed me with a knife and I fell,” said Msindo.

He said he drove back to his office where his colleagues called an ambulance to take him to hospital. When Fever visited him, his left arm was bandaged and he had a wound on his head.

“This is the first time I have been attacked while on duty but I am not going to stop responding when people need help. Sometimes I receive phone calls during the evening from people who report burst sewage pipes, because of passion and dedication I don’t turn them down,” said Msindo.

SAPS spokesperson Captain Dumisani Ncongo said no one has been arrested and police are investigating the case.

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