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2 die in Durban land grab area

By Sapa | Mar 19, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 13 ]

"We cannot afford to see the repeat of violence and bloodshed in this province after 18 years into democracy," he said in a statement.

Two people were killed in Durban's Cato Crest area at the weekend, KwaZulu-Natal police confirmed.

Captain Thulane Zwane said Thembinkosi Qumbelo, 45, was shot at 8.30pm on Friday, and that a 23-year-old man was found shot dead on Saturday night.

He would not say what the motives for the shootings were, but the Daily News reported on Monday that Qumbelo was the president of the Cato Crest Residential Association.

Last week, shack dwellers in the area invaded vacant land. According to the Daily News, Qumbelo had been trying to get the eThekwini Municipality to allocate council houses to shack dwellers whose homes had been demolished to make way for a housing development in Cato Crest.

He was at a local tavern watching a football match when he was reportedly shot in back by four men.

Zwane said two cases of murder were being investigated by the police. No arrests had been made.

Ethekwini mayor James Nxumalo has appealed for calm in the area and asked residents to help police in catching those responsible.

"We cannot afford to see the repeat of violence and bloodshed in this province after 18 years into democracy," he said in a statement.

Nxumalo said he estimated that the city had a backlog of 400,000 houses, which would take time to build.

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And here I stupidly thought the land grab issue is a black/white issue.

Mar 19, 2013 8:0 | 0 replies

Wow! The year is 2013 and yet people are still trapped in that tribal mind state.Grow up folks.

Mar 20, 2013 8:27 | 0 replies

VhoMuofhe and Selfmade100millionaire: Cut out your tribalist nonsense please.

Mar 19, 2013 12:43 | 0 replies

These squatter camps are becoming a real problem.

Mar 19, 2013 10:1 | 0 replies

all people from EC WC and KZN get over urself

Mar 19, 2013 9:52 | 0 replies

@grunt - I have always been against the idea of free houses. Now even rich people get RDP houses and erect mansions and double storey houses there. If they (government) do build RDP houses; I have always been of the opinion that they should be multiple storeys high as to minimize and use the land sparingly. That would also avoid this thing of rich people getting RDP houses. The idea of RDP houses is a very bad one. The sooner the ANC realises that the better.

Mar 19, 2013 9:40 | 0 replies

Grunt, i agree with you 100%. Problem is that our current government does not tell that to the people. Part of their election chant is free housing for everyone, and the desperate voters don't seem to realise that that is impossible.

Mar 19, 2013 9:6 | 0 replies

19 Mar 2013
VhoMuofhe
Stupid Zulus, all they know is Violence and killing their fellow citizens >>>>>>>>>>>>We VhoMuofhe, uyakwazi e Cato Crest? ungazodakelwa amaZulu. Lapha kugcwele bonke osikhotheni bama Xhosa, Sotho no bhuti bakho namakwerekwere. Amazulu nawo akhona kodwa kugcwele lonke loluvucu olufunakala kuKhumbulekhaya from Lesotho, Lusikisiki, Bizana, Venda, Orange farm. nxa.

Selfmade100millionaire>>>>>>>kuyangixanga ukuthi uyi selfmade millionare when you are so dumb. making ethnic comments behind the safety of your computer, grow some and say it publicly...

Zulu's are violent yes but so as the other ethnic groups. so ningazenzi nje ngcono. hambani niye kolanda obhuti benu e cato crest.

Mar 19, 2013 8:57 | 0 replies

@oldlady12
And here I stupidly thought the land grab issue is a black/white issue.
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Land grab is land grab. It does not know colour. White people made it(land grab) many years back

Mar 19, 2013 8:57 | 0 replies

Housing problems again. No country in the world can buils a house for every citizen who cannot buy or build his/her own house, it is preposterous. The best they can do is to make land available, in an orderly fashion, with serviced plots, and if you cannot buy or rent a house, you can go and put up some structure there. Make sure there are streets between the plots, sufficient communal water, toilets, garbage removal facilities, and service the areas properly and thoroughly. Organized squatting - no governemnt can be expected to do more for its homeless.

Mar 19, 2013 8:12 | 0 replies

The Zulu way.

Mar 19, 2013 8:7 | 0 replies