ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
5 August 2015

MAYOR CONDEMNS THE ATTACK OF A MUNICIPAL CONTRACTOR WHILE ON DUTY

An eThekwini Municipal water contractor, who was viciously attacked while repairing a burst pipe in Umlazi yesterday, 4 August 2015, is recovering at Prince Mshiyeni Hospital.

The contractor was working in Cyril Grove, F section when he was beaten by a group of criminals. He had been responding to a community complaint about a leaking pipe.

This incident follows shortly after two other violent attacks against contractors in the same township.

Another contractor was attacked and shot at Georgedale, West of Durban recently.

EThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo has expressed concern following the spate of incident targeted at Municipal contractors as it was the fourth reported attack in recent weeks.

“This incident follows shortly after two other incidents from the same township as well as another assault that took place in Georgedale. Such brutal attacks are committed by criminals who want to render the municipality helpless and hinder service deliver,” said Nxumalo.

Nxumalo said these attacks would not deter the municipality from accelerating service delivery to communities. He urged residents to be alert and report any suspicious behaviour.

“Let us take a collective responsibility for the safety of our contractors and their employees and report anyone lurking around contractors on duty,” Nxumalo added.

The Mayor’s Office will engage with Councillors as well as police to raise their concerns after the violent and brutal assaults on municipal contractors.

“We will work collectively to find a long term solution to ensure the safety of workers on site,” said Nxumalo.

ENDS

Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Head, Tozi Mthethwa.

For more information contact Gugu Mbonambi on 0313114855 or email: gugu.mbonambi@durban.gov.za or Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4818 or princess.nkabane@durban.gov.za