Concerns over increasing violent crime in Umhlanga


The DA calls on Mxolisi Kaunda, mayor of the eThekwini Metro, and Musa Mbhele, the eThekwini city manager, to intervene immediately and act proactively after yet another fatal shooting in Umhlanga claimed another life on Monday evening.

Col. Robert Netshiunda, police spokesperson, says the police are currently investigating a case of murder and attempted murder after a 38-year-old man was shot dead on Lighthouse Road on Monday evening.

“Another man sustained gunshot wounds in the reported drive-by shooting,” says Netshiunda.

“According to information, the motorist and his passenger were on their way when another vehicle suddenly approached them, after which the occupants fired several shots at them.

“The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, while the passenger was rushed to a hospital with gunshot wounds.”

According to Netshiunda, the reason for the shooting is unknown at this stage.

“The police have not yet arrested anyone and the incident is being investigated.”

Nicole Bollman, a local council member, says the increasing incidents of gun violence and people brandishing their weapons in public are cause for concern and must receive urgent attention.

“Despite several requests for a meeting to deal with the community’s growing concerns, the response from the mayor and the city manager was disappointingly inadequate.

“Issues of unauthorized businesses, reckless road behavior and the alarming increase in firearm-related incidents have created a sense of lawlessness that has reached unprecedented levels in Umhlanga,” says Bollman.

“Umhlanga, which was once known for its tranquility, now has challenges that require immediate intervention.

“The DA in eThekwini demands an urgent, in-depth and robust discussion to find effective solutions as soon as possible for the chaos that the community faces on a daily basis,” says Bollman.

“This important centre, referred to as the ‘new Dubai’, must regain its status as a safe haven.”