Pregnant woman shot during Mpuma protest

Malalane - A pregnant woman had to be hospitalised after being hit with a rubber bullet during a service delivery protest in Mpumalanga.

This came after the community of Mzinti village, south of Malalane, went on the rampage barricading the D797 connecting Malalane and Nkomazi villages on Monday demanding water and electricity.

When the unknown woman was shot none of the police officers helped her. With the assistance of community members, one motorist drove her to hospital.

“They better kill us; we are going back to that road and until they give us water, they are going to see our true colours,” shouted a community member.

“We just watch their tactics. They shot at a defenceless pregnant woman and did not even bother to help her,” shouted another community member.

The community protested along the road in the morning but were dispersed by heavily armed police officers, where the pregnant woman was injured. In the afternoon they were back protecting.

Community representative Nothando Lubisi said the community had had enough.

“We want water and electricity, some portions of this area have been here since we were born, but there’s no tap water we rely on fetching water from the steams or buy from the very same municipality that is supposed to provide us with water,” said Lubisi.

Lubisi also said municipal member of mayoral committee Million Shongwe lied to them that during their protest in July he said the municipal would come up with a preliminary solution.


“Shongwe promised to come within a week to meet us with the mayor [Thulisile Khoza] but he didn’t show up at that meeting. He also promised that he will ask the municipality to give us water for free but he lied too, we cannot take this anymore; its either they kill us with their police guns or give us our water,” said Lubisi.

The community called for Premier David Mabuza to come address them.

Mabuza’s spokesperson Zibonele Mncwango said the premier was not planning to address the protestors as he was not aware of the protest.

“The premier is not going to come to address those people. I’m hearing this from media people on the scene like you. The premier is now attending an ANC meeting as it happens every Monday,” said Mncwango.

Nkomazi municipal spokesperson Cyril Ripinga told African Eye News Service that the municipality was not avoiding the community but were in a process of providing water.

“Nobody is running away from them; nobody is afraid to speak to them. What is happening is that the municipality is busy working on a plan to provide water in the area, there a multi-million rand projects for that community and they will be completed by the end of next month,” said Ripinga.

Attempts to speak to Shongwe were unfruitful as his phone was on voicemail.

Provincial police spokesperson Selvy Mohlala and his deputies Colonel Leonard Hlathi and Sargent Gerald Sedibe were unavailable on their phones when contact for comment.

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John Greystoke 2014/08/25 05:58:03 PM
Shocking! I am once again without words! How awful! What is a pregnant woman doing protesting? Duh!
Rose Mashigo 2014/08/25 06:05:41 PM
Wtf was she doing there in the first place
Phogole Ragi 2014/08/25 06:08:10 PM
Mpulanga residents are stupid residents on ou country. Thy hv voted anc wth a huge numbet en thy a rewarted wth cow sloitering.wht mor di thy want.?.?
Phogole Ragi 2014/08/25 06:09:02 PM
I fulu agree eth u rose.she tht she id pregnant
Bonginkos Reuben Mabunda 2014/08/25 06:24:07 PM
MP is 85.81% ANC which make it the highst ANC voters & Nkomazi municipality 94.88% bt its the most disadvantaged, sorry 4 the proresting prgnt woman
Bonginkos Reuben Mabunda 2014/08/25 06:24:08 PM
MP is 85.81% ANC which make it the highst ANC voters & Nkomazi municipality 94.88% bt its the most disadvantaged, sorry 4 the proresting prgnt woman
Leigh-anne 2014/08/25 06:24:41 PM
No sympathy from me.
Norman Mothomeng Namane 2014/08/25 06:27:57 PM
Good story to tell. Vote 4 them 2day n baricate roads 2morow in the fashionable service delivery protest. Why complain, continue suffering while cattle n chicken in nkandla enjoy first class life.
Bingo 2014/08/25 06:34:38 PM
Tsk tsk, it seems the locals are revolting
Bingo 2014/08/25 06:36:49 PM
In a democracy, the people get the government they deserve. The ink is still drying on the ballots from the recent elections. When you have the vote, you really don't to act like hooligans, vote them out and give someone else 4 years and see how they do.