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eThekwini Municipality employee gunned down while dispatching water to flood victims

A scene where eThekwini Municipality employee was shot while on duty. Picture: RUSA

A scene where eThekwini Municipality employee was shot while on duty. Picture: RUSA

Published Apr 23, 2022


Durban - An eThekwini Municipality’s employee has been shot and killed while on duty dispatching water tankers to the communities affected by floods on Saturday.

The 36-year-old female – whose name could not be revealed until the family has been formally notified – was a supervisor for the City’s water and sanitation unit based in Ottawa depot, in the north of Durban.

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Police police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Nqobile Gwala said the official was shot by an unknown suspect in Ottawa, near Verulam, at about 4pm on Saturday.

A scene where eThekwini Municipality employee was shot while on duty. Picture: RUSA

“It is alleged that a 36-year-old woman was shot by unknown suspect at Ottawa Main Road. She sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the body and was declared dead at the scene.

“The suspect fled the scene in a getaway vehicle. Nothing was taken from the victim. A case of murder has been opened for investigation by Verulam SAPS. The motive is unknown,” said Gwala.

According to Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA), which responded to the scene, the shooting happened on Old Main Road outside the maintenance depot in Ottawa.

In the statement, RUSA said their reaction officers received a call from a passer-by after two men were seen fleeing the scene in a red car.

“A female was located lying on the ground next to a water tanker. She was shot multiple times in the head, face and body. She showed no signs of life and was declared deceased by Medics. Ten spent 9mm cartridges were recovered near her body.

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“According to her colleagues, the deceased was in charge of trucks used to distribute water to areas experiencing disruptions. She had just returned from Tongaat - KZN when she was gunned down,” said a RUSA statement.

It was not the first time a municipality employee was shot while on duty.

In February, an employee was shot dead at the city’s Springfield offices in full view of the staff.

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The brazen shooting, allegedly carried out by two men, happened at the Durban Solid Waste (DSW) offices in Electron Road in Springfield Park.

Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda has condemned the recent incident and called upon law enforcement agencies to leave no stone unturned and arrest gunmen.

“We are in the grip of a disaster and this murder is something we do not need. We condemned it and we hope the police will move with speed and arrest those responsible.

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“This employee was entrusted with a critical responsibility of controlling our water tankers. We urge any one who may have information with regard to this unfortunate incident, to work with the police. We send our heartfelt condolences to her family and colleagues,” said Kaunda.

Municipal spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela confirmed that the employee was killed while on duty.

He said at this stage, the motive for the killing is unknown.