Vi­o­lence re­turns to eShowe

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Larry Bent­ley

ESHOWE farmer Donald Saint made a quick get­away with a few of his be­long­ings when he heard that pro­test­ers were tar­get­ing his farm on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Vi­o­lence once again erupted when the uMlalazi com­mu­nity grew im­pa­tient with the le­gal sys­tem in­ves­ti­gat­ing the death of a fish­er­man who was shot on Gqob­hokani farm in March.

The fish­er­man, 30-year-old Gift Siphamandla Xulu, was shot after a con­fronta­tion with a V1 Se­cu­rity guard em­ployed by the eShoweEn­tu­meni Farmer’s As­so­ci­a­tion (EEFA).

In­censed by the mur­der, res­i­dents protested and two farms and build­ings were de­stroyed by the pro­test­ers.

A meet­ing was held at the uMlalazi Mu­nic­i­pal­ity May­oral Cham­ber to discuss the way for­ward.

No feed­back

The com­mu­nity claims noth­ing has come of this meet­ing and they have been kept in the dark as to what is hap­pen­ing with the case.

When the po­lice in­ves­ti­gated the lat­est in­ci­dent just after 5pm on Sun­day, they found de­bris strewn across the R66 be­tween Nk­waleni and eShowe.

They man­aged to clear the area and the roads were re-opened to traf­fic by Mon­day morn­ing.

Ten­sions re­mained high with a few pro­test­ers gath­er­ing next to the R66 and the Pub­lic Or­der Po­lice from Ulundi and Em­pan­geni re­mained in the area to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion.

uMlalazi Mayor Thelu­moya Zulu said the eShowe-En­tu­meni Farm­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion con­tract was ter­mi­nated with im­me­di­ate ef­fect and this has been com­mu­ni­cated to the com­mu­nity by a del­e­ga­tion from the SAPS and the EEFA.

Ad­vo­cate Ngceza has un­der­taken to in­ves­ti­gate an in­ci­dent three years ago when a school­girl was run over by a farmer’s ve­hi­cle on Saint’s farm.

Al­though the re­cent spate of vi­o­lence is not con­nected, the com­mu­nity and Saint say they have not yet re­ceived any feed­back re­gard­ing this in­ci­dent.

The shell of the house de­stroyed by the pro­test­ers

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