On Wednesday, two Operation Dudula members have been injured throughout a confrontation with overseas “unlawful merchants” at Pietermaritz Avenue, Pietermaritzburg.
In an effort to remind overseas nationals who personal companies to acquire permits if they didn’t have already got them, a bunch of their members marched down Pietermaritz towards Masukwana (East) Avenue, in line with Nico Dumakude, the group’s KZN coordinator.
Simply earlier than reaching the underside of Masukwana Avenue, in line with Dumakude, the group got here throughout a bunch of barbers who have been armed with bush knives and different weapons, and a confrontation occurred.
“There’s a drawback of avenue distributors who’re buying and selling with out permits and our members aren’t impressed by this.
“I won’t have the main points of how the confrontation began so what I’m telling you is what I used to be advised by the members who have been a part of the operation.
“They advised me that when the 2 teams met, there was a confrontation with the barbers, who warned our members to not get any nearer to their buying and selling spots.
“In that confrontation, two of our members have been injured however not significantly. One of many barbers took out a gun and fired a shot within the air.
“We are going to increase this in our coming assembly on Tuesday as a result of when our members advised the police about this on their arrival on the scene, they weren’t concerned with attending to the fired shot and investigating the gun that was used.
“The gunman ought to have been arrested, we consider,” stated Dumakude.
However he issued a warning to Operation Dudula members to not conduct operations in opposition to the group’s guidelines.
“We’ve advised them to not return to the realm, as we will likely be having a gathering on Tuesday with the town and police authorities, to forge a approach ahead to take care of unlawful buying and selling.
“That is affecting all of us and the vanity displayed by these unlawful merchants is worrying.
“On the upcoming assembly on Tuesday, we count on the authorities to provide us a plan of motion on how unlawful buying and selling is handled.
“Our motion on unlawful buying and selling will likely be knowledgeable by the outcomes of the assembly.”
A report on the incident was despatched to the provincial media workplace, in line with Sergeant Sifiso Gwala, a spokesperson for the Pietermaritzburg police.