An 18-year-old boy was killed during protest action which erupted in Burlington Heights over the weekend.

It’s alleged that Siyanda Ndlovu was fatally shot during a violent dispute between community members, as well as the municipality’s Security Management Unit and a private security company.

Three others are believed to have been seriously injured and currently in critical condition at a nearby hospital.

Nine people have also been arrested in connection with the unrest and charged with public violence.

Tempers flared when community members were allegedly denied permission to build homes on a vacant plot of land. They’d been asking to be granted permission to do so, after RDP housing which was promised to them, had not yet been delivered.

It s believed that intervention on behalf of the metro police occurred, in order to extract members of the steering committee within the ward.

This was done as a proportional representative councillor was allegedly held hostage at a local community hall, following the denial of the area councillor in attending the situation.

SAPS Provincial Spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbele, said that the Municipality Land Invasion Unit were demolishing shacks in Burlington when the dispute broke out.
It is alleged that on Saturday, 11 August, the Municipality Land Invasion Unit were demolishing shacks in Burlington when the dispute broke out.

Residents allegedly fired shots at the municipality members who retaliated and one person was injured whilst the other three sustained gunshot wounds.
A case of murder and attempted murder was opened at Malvern police station. Cases of public violence and attempted murder was opened at Chatsworth police station since other municipal members sustained gunshot wounds. No arrests were made.