The latest attack on one of our employees has resulted into his death on Monday morning.
The employee was part of a team of five from the water and sanitation department. He was attacked as the team was repairing a leaking water pipe in Coronation informal settlement on Saturday. The leaking pipe, which affected many areas with water provision, needed to be lifted and supported with a log so as to allow the welder to seal it.
As the employee went to fetch a log which was lying nearby, a member of the community irresponsibly drew his firearm and shot at the employee, who died from his wounds in hospital later.
“We will withdraw municipal employees if communities cannot guarantee their safety. We cannot dispatch our employees to be attacked, harassed and killed by the same community they trying to assist. An attack on any government employee executing his or her duties is an attack on the state,” lamented Ntshalintshali.
She said the deplorable attacks on municipal employees have been on the increase as it was evident during the recent municipal initiated electricity cut offs to non-paying residents.
“One of the objectives of local government is to ensure the provision of services to communities in a sustainable manner, but these attacks, which must be stopped, will make it virtually impossible to deliver services,” she cautioned.
Ntshalintshali has extended her grief to the family of the deceased and has commended police for arresting the murderer who will appear in court soon.
“On behalf of councilors, managers and the entire staff we wish to send our condolences to the family of the deceased. We hope the family finds comfort in the knowledge that he died serving residents of Emalahleni,” she said.