House demolishing in Mpumpula sparks fears of violence

House demolishing in Mpumpula sparks fears of violence

The community of Mpumpula in Duvela, kwaCeza, in KwaZulu-Natal is irate after White people destroyed a home that was still under construction.

One of the men claims the land in which the community is building houses belongs to his family.

However, residents have rejected this as false.

They say they were given permission to build on the land by the authorities.

They say even the woman’s whose home has now been destroyed was given the green light at a meeting between the White man, the community and the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform.

The land, they say, is under the guardianship of chief Buthelezi from the Mpithimpithini community.

The owner of the demolished structure, Nkosingiphile Mnguni, says she wishes to die following the incident, especially since her property was destroyed despite her having a permit to build in the area.

Residents say police officers accompanied the White men when they carried out their act.

A relative of the affected woman, Nduduzo Mnguni, says the police officers also shot and injured one community member.

Ward 4 councillor, Manyomfana Masondo, from the Ulundi Municipality is calling for an intervention. “We urge those who can intervene in this matter to help us. I see this issue getting out of hand and the community is angry.”

The area in the eye of the storm is a former game reserve.

The man who claims to be the owner of the land was in a process of destroying other homes in the community.

However, residents are adamant this won’t happen.