City staff member shot in Samora Machel

The man was shot and injured during a robbery in Samora Machel.

The City has condemned an attack on their water and sanitation staff members in Samora Machel on Tuesday April 6.

A staff member, who was repairing a collapsed sewer pipeline in Helen Joseph Street, was shot and injured during a robbery.

It is reported that four teenagers, who had a gun, robbed the workers of their belongings, including wallets and cellphones.

A supervisor, who is also the driver, was shot. He has been hospitalised.

Mayoral committee member for water and waste, Xanthea Limberg, said: “The City condemns this attack on our staff in the strongest terms possible. It is unconscionable to target staff who are on site going about their public service duties, and the City will do everything in its power to assist the SAPS in its efforts to bring the guilty parties to book. The safety and well-being of staff must be prioritised and as such, teams have been withdrawn from Samora Machel until it is safe for them to return. Sadly, this negatively impacts service delivery to residents.”

Following the incident, water and sanitation services have been withdrawn from the area until it is safe to return.