EShowe vi­o­lence ends as ten­sions are dif­fused

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Larry Bent­ley

AMID sim­mer­ing ten­sions, calm has re­turned to the eShowe re­gion fol­low­ing the out­break of vi­o­lence and ar­son last week af­ter the fatal shoot­ing of a fish­er­man on Corby Hill farm.

Yes­ter­day (Sun­day), roads were open and no more in­ci­dents of ar­son were re­ported.

MEC for Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, Tourism and En­vi­ron­men­tal

Af­fairs, Sihle Zikalala yes­ter­day met with tra­di­tional lead­ers, farm­ers, coun­cil­lors, the po­lice and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Zu­l­u­land Cham­ber of Com­merce in eShowe to as­sess and dif­fuse the volatile sit­u­a­tion.

All par­ties at the meet­ing agreed to al­low the po­lice to thor­oughly in­ves­ti­gate the in­ci­dent.

Zikalala called for calm, warn­ing the com­mu­nity not to take the law into their own hands.

‘To re­sort to vi­o­lence and the de­struc­tion of prop­erty is not a so­lu­tion,’ he said.

Apart from in­spect­ing the farms where ar­son oc­curred, he also vis­ited the fam­ily of 22-yearold Gift Siphamandla Xulu who was shot by a se­cu­rity guard

- an in­ci­dent which sparked the vi­o­lence.

Xulu and a friend were found fish­ing il­le­gally at a pri­vate dam last Tues­day and were asked to leave the prop­erty by the farm ‘in­duna’.

They turned ag­gres­sive and the ‘in­duna’ called the farm’s se­cu­rity com­pany to as­sist.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, Xulu at­tacked the se­cu­rity guards with a home­made weapon.

A shot was fired in self-de­fence by one of the se­cu­rity guards, killing Xulu.

Po­lice later ar­rested the guard and he was charged with mur­der.

He was re­manded in cus­tody fol­low­ing a court ap­pear­ance on Thurs­day and will ap­pear in the eShowe Mag­is­trate’s Court again this Thurs­day.


It is be­lieved that ru­mours that the guard had been re­leased fu­elled the al­ready tense sit­u­a­tion.

Farms were set alight and the

R34 out­side eShowe was block­aded with burn­ing tyres and trees by dis­grun­tled com­mu­nity mem­bers on Wed­nes­day evening.

The protests con­tin­ued on Thurs­day and the protesters moved to Corby Hill.

Sug­ar­cane crops, plan­ta­tions and six sheds and a trac­tor on the farm were set light, while other res­i­den­tial build­ings were also de­stroyed.

‘Some un­known per­son also fired shots at po­lice at the scene,’ said Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer of the Em­pan­geni Pub­lic Or­der Polic­ing Unit, Col At Slinger,

The com­mu­nity held a peace­ful march to the of­fices of the se­cu­rity com­pany and the eShowe Town

Hall on Fri­day.

To re­sort to vi­o­lence and the de­struc­tion of prop­erty is not a so­lu­tion

The ru­ins of the main­farm house on Corby Hill

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