DURBAN – A security guard in Mpofana Municipality faces murder charges after allegedly shooting a 25-year-old man during a dispute over wearing a mask.
Zama Mchunu said his brother Lindokuhle traveled with his friend to local municipal offices on Tuesday to get proof of residency documents as they wanted to apply for a job.
Mchunu said her friend told her they were denied access to the municipal office and that a security guard who was apparently known to Lindokuhle told her to wear their masks properly.
Mchunu said he was told that while the friend was allowed to enter the office, the guard and Lindokuhle had an argument, and the shooting occurred.
Mchunu said she rushed to the scene after receiving a phone call about the shooting.
“I held him in my arms and asked him what happened?” Who shot you? But he was having trouble breathing and there was blood everywhere. He squeezed my arm and said, “My sister, please hold me”. In his hand he had a phone and a mask, ”she said.
She said Lindokuhle was taken to hospital, but was later informed of her death.
Mchunu said his brother had big dreams and was determined to find a job.
“I am hurt, very hurt. The family is very angry about what happened. The pain of losing my brother is indescribable and I want the suspect to rot in prison, ”Mchunu added.
The security guard would be employed by a private security company hired by the municipality.
KwaZulu-Natal police spokesman Colonel Thembeka Mbele confirmed that a 31-year-old security guard was arrested.
Mbhele said a murder case was opened at the Mooi River Police Station and the suspect is expected to appear in court shortly.