Ulundi mayor con­demns loot­ers

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Muzi Zin­c­ume

ULUNDI Mayor, Wil­son Nt­shangase has ap­pealed to com­mu­nity mem­bers to re­frain from com­mit­ting crime re­gard­less of the cir­cum­stances.

He was re­act­ing to an in­ci­dent of loot­ing at a burn­ing fur­ni­ture shop, which oc­curred last Thurs­day.

Lo­cal res­i­dents were seen help­ing them­selves by loot­ing fur­ni­ture, rang­ing from couches to elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances at King Sen­zan­gakhona Shop­ping Cen­tre.

This crim­i­nal act was con­ducted while fire fight­ers were try­ing to douse the blaze, which started at around 7pm.

‘Loot­ing is a crime and this is what our peo­ple need to un­der­stand,’ he said.

‘We want to warn the com­mu­nity to re­frain from tak­ing ad­van­tage of such sit­u­a­tions. Peo­ple who looted the shop are crim­i­nals and need to be ar­rested.

‘I wish to ap­plaud the po­lice for their quick re­sponse to stop the loot­ing,’ he said.

The ZO is in pos­ses­sion of a video show­ing res­i­dents run­ning away with elec­tric ap­pli­ances such as stoves and mi­crowaves from the fur­ni­ture shop.

Zu­l­u­land Po­lice Clus­ter spokesper­son, Cap­tain

Nkosie Gwala said the cause of the fire was still un­known, but fire­fight­ers man­aged to put out the blaze.

‘We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a case of ar­son. In­juries were also re­ported dur­ing the in­ci­dent. Our de­tec­tives are work­ing very hard to de­ter­mine the ex­tent of the dam­ages,’ said Gwala.

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