Two people shot by motorist in Groutville electricity protest

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A passing motorist reportedly opened fire on protesters at Groutville this evening shooting one person in the leg and another in the back.

IPSS Medical Rescue’s Paul Herbst said he believed the motorist may have felt his life was in danger.

“One of the victims was a protester and the other was an on-duty security guard for a nearby business,” said Herbst.

The paramedic said he understood that Groutville residents were protesting because they were without electricity.

The R102 has been closed and the N2 has been reopened.

Two weeks ago a violent protest at Shaka’s Head resulted in a local woman being critically injured when a brick was thrown through her windscreen.

The residents had not had electricity for 11 hours after KwaDukuza municipality stopped their electricians from responding to weekend calls in a bid to cut down the municipality’s overtime costs.

Whether the overtime rule was behind the electricity outage in Groutville could not be confirmed.

 

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