DURBAN, August 01 – Three men were shot and wounded at Glebelands Hostel on Monday morning, just five days after two people were shot dead at the notorious uMlazi complex.
The shootings took place at around 9.55am, according to KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane. “Three males were shot whilst sitting in Block N, tuckshop room, by an unknown male,” said Zwane.
He said that a 31-year-old man sustained a gunshot wound to the left elbow which also penetrated the fingers on his right hand. The second victim, a 30-year-old-man from block M, sustained a gunshot wound to the right arm, while another 31-year-old victim was shot in the right arm.
“The motive is unknown. uMlazi police will open three counts of attempted murder. No arrests have been made at this stage,” he said.
According to community activist Vanessa Burger, who two weeks ago testified at the Moerane Commission of enquiry into political violence in KwaZulu-Natal, one of the wounded had allegedly been the victim of police torture in 2016.
Last week Wednesday, a 32-year-old man was shot in the head by unknown suspects at about 8.15pm. About 15 minutes later, a 52-year-old woman who runs a tuck-shop near her home at the hostel was also shot and killed.
In her testimony before the commission earlier this month, Burger said the hostel was a haven for hitmen that could be hired to operate throughout KZN and could be linked to 89 deaths in the province, including those of councillors.
Burger and others testifying before the commission also alleged that police were involved in hiring hitmen from the hostel and had sold weapons there. Despite the allegations, police watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) and SAPS are yet to confirm that they will appear before the commission.
The Moerane Commission resumes on 16 August in Mayville, Durban.