No matter the height of a crime, people must learn not to take laws into their hands. Most importantly, some folks must desist from perpetuating evil in the society, at least to save the face of the country which is already besieged by lots of problems.
A Councillor in Irate community in Copesville couldn’t believe his eyes after members of the community invaded his home, torched his house and also set ablaze a local building in the area.
About 5 000 protesters in the community marched angrily in protest, demanding for better service delivery. But the protest got intensified leading to the torching of the Councillor’s house. After setting ablaze the Councillor’s house, the unforgiving residents also blockaded the New Greytown Road with burning tyres, stones and metal barriers.
Meanwhile, following the mayhem, 27 persons landed in the police net. Confirming the incidence, KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said in a statement that the 27 suspects were arrested for public violence and had appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday but were released on warning. However, the case was remanded to May 24 for further investigation.
Zwane revealed that “the councillor’s house was set alight. Two park homes of the local clinic were also set alight. Again on yesterday morning, they blockaded the road by burning tyres. The Mountain Rise police and Public Order Police are in the area to monitor the situation.”
Also, KZN provincial commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni appealed to the disgruntled residents to desist from taking laws into their hands rather they should learn to exercise their rights peacefully.
Ngobeni said, “We are appealing to the members of the community to exercise their rights to protest, peacefully. We strongly condemned the acts where properties are damaged by the unruly crowd. Those involved will face the long arm of the law.”
Meanwhile, KZN Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo has also condemned the act. Speaking via a statement, Dhlomo kicked against the attack on two Emergency Medical Services paramedics who were harassed for responding to a call in the Sinathing area outside Pietermaritzburg on Monday night.
Speaking on behalf of Dhlomo, his spokesperson, Desmond Motha after investigation, it was found that the male and female paramedics were attacked by unknown people at around midnight. And that one of the paramedics sustained stab wounds while his colleague was assaulted.
He labelled the attack a “barbaric” act and stated that the attack “compromises the safety of our emergency workers and cripples the essential services they render”.