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.

Family of KZN alleged police brutality victim wants answers

Family of KZN alleged police brutality victim wants answers

The family of a KwaZulu-Natal taxi driver, who was allegedly killed by police in Ulundi, is still reeling from the tragedy.

Lindani Dludla’s grandmother, S’bongile, says his death is painful as he was the breadwinner and now there is no one left to support the family.

The family claims that the police beat up and took the taxi driver away last month.

He was being investigated for being in possession of an unlicensed firearm

They say when he returned, he was bleeding severely. He died the next day in the hospital.

“They tightened his hand and beat him up. His girlfriend was told to go to another room and the girlfriend heard the noise as they were beating him up. He was taken to the local clinic but they referred him to the hospital as he was over-bleeding, and he couldn’t even talk to his mother.”

Gogo Dludla says the family wants answers.

“We want to know who killed Lindani and why he was brutally killed like this. Nobody will support his children and we are disappointed as a family as we don’t know what we are going to do.”

Dludla’s death sparked violent protests in the community of Embilane as residents barricaded roads and closed the town.

They were demanding justice for Dludla.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is investigating the matter. – Report by Slindile Zulu and picture credit: Zululand Observer