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Durban - An eMkhomazi policeman responding to a call for help in a land dispute and a resident have been wounded in a shooting.
Constable M Khomoa, 29, was wounded three times in an arm with an R5 rifle and a second man was shot once in the stomach.
It is unclear who shot them.
SAPS spokesman, Warrant Officer Solomon Mbele, said the policeman and a fellow officer were responding to a call from a resident embroiled in a land dispute in the Thoyana area of eMkhomazi at about 7pm on Monday, when shots were fired.
Mbele said it was unclear what had led to the officer coming under fire. The other policeman was not injured and was able to take his colleague to the Kingsway Hospital.
“A second man was shot in the stomach. Both men were taken to hospital. No arrest has been made. Police are investigating a case of attempted murder,” said Mbele.
The resident involved in the land dispute, security guard Khalesakhe Maphumulo, 51, said he had called police for help after his home was demolished, allegedly by a man known to him. The man shot in the stomach is his cousin.
“When I arrived home from work I saw my home in pieces and my belongings strewn outside on the ground,” Maphumulo said.
“There have been verbal disputes between neighbours over land, but now they have taken it too far.
“When police arrived I heard gunshots and saw my cousin and the policeman fall down. We do not know who shot them.”