Chris Ndaliso
Senior journalist
2 minute read
23 Feb 2022
06:11

IFP, DA question security after murder of water official

Chris Ndaliso

The three gunmen who murdered an official at eThekwini’s water and sanitation offices on Monday went through two security gates to get to him.

The three gunmen who murdered an official at eThekwini’s water and sanitation offices on Monday went through two security gates to get to him. It was in an office next to the second security gate where the unidentified man, who was at a superintendent level, was shot and killed while performing his duties.

eThekwini water and sanitation head Ednick Msweli said security was not lax at the building. “The Covid-19 pandemic is not making things easy because of these masks so opportunists use every gap they find to commit crime. This is a sad state of affairs for all of us,” he said.

He said the family deserved to be given time to deal with their loss, so the identity of the man could not be released.

Opposition parties in eThekwini Metro have raised concerns about the murder. The official could not have expected to be murdered at his place of work, said IFP councillor Mdu Nkosi yesterday.

Nkosi questioned how the gunmen could have walked through security gates, into the man’s office and walked out again. “Why were the gates not closed until the police arrived?

Nkosi said: 

“Where are the security cameras, the tools that serious money was paid for their installation? I’m not sure whether this is related to water tank contracts, jobs in general or if it was just an act of thuggery but either way, a family man was killed and we need to see the culprits brought to book.”

The DAs Nicole Graham said they were concerned about the murder.

“There has been some serious unrest at Durban Solid Waste and there are rumours that this is linked to that. It’s very worrying that an official can just be murdered in his office,” she said.

eThekwini declined to give an update on the matter, or answer about the security of employees at the Springfield building.

Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda has on Monday issued a statement it is unclear at this stage as to what was the motive behind this heinous crime”.

Yesterday, KZN Cogta MEC Sipho Hlomuka said no officials should have to fear for their lives at work.