Protesters set farm ablaze in retribution after earlier shooting incident

Protesters set farm ablaze in retribution after earlier shooting incident

- The farming district of eShowe in KwaZulu-Natal has been rocked by violent protests which has led to the torching of a farm

- Protests broke out after a man was shot and killed by security guards earlier while fishing on the farm

- Police have confirmed that angry members of the community set fire to a sugar cane field as an act of retribution

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The farming district of eShowe in KwaZulu-Natal has been rocked by violent protests which has led to the torching of a farm. The fire was set in an apparent act of retribution for a fisherman who was shot and killed earlier.

The police have confirmed that a 30-year old man had been on the farm during the incident. Reports indicate that the man was shot by security guards who were patrolling the area.

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Police spokesperson Captain Mbongeni Mdlalose said angry members of the community blocked two roads leading to the farm. “They had blocked the road completely and we had to call in our members from the public order policing unit. We managed to disperse them and they left the area‚” Mdlalose said

Briefly.co.za gathered that the community members went to the farm after word spread that a farmer had shot and killed someone, this led to protest action and the torching of a sugar cane plantation and farmhouse.

Police have confirmed that one security guard has been remanded in custody and will appear in court on Friday.

Initial reports wrongly indicated that a young boy had been shot and killed, it remains unclear whether this message caused the community to mobilise with such violent intent.

Police in the area are still trying to bring the volatile situation under control.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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