Umlazi resident speaks of harrowing incident in Wentworth during July violence

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A resident from Umlazi in the south of Durban has testified before the South African Human Rights Commission that he was shot at nearby Wentworth as he was returning home from a petrol station.

The Commission is holding hearings into the widespread unrest that rocked both KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in July.

Bongani Mkhize says a vehicle with security guards pulled him over. He says while the security guards were questioning him, a bakkie arrived and three men started shooting at him. Mkhize says his son managed to fetch him after being escorted by the eThekwini Metro Police.

“When I saw them in company of police, I was then able to come out and go to them. Police asked me what happened, and I told them that I was shot by coloured people. And the police told me they also witnessed that you could not drive through that area because they would stop people and shoot at them,” says Mkhize.

Mkhize says when the tracker company retrieved his vehicle the next day, they discovered that it was damaged after he fled.

“It is apparent that after I had left they remained and damaged the vehicle. The tyres were stabbed, car seats were stabbed, they damaged the roof top of the vehicle and both the windscreens were shattered front and back,” Mkhize added.

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