One dead in 'wunga turf war' in Durban CBD
DURBAN - One person has been shot dead by police as drug war spilled over into the streets of Durban on Sunday.
Locals and foreigners allegedly selling the heroin-based drug “wunga” attacked each other in a battle over turf.
Police had their hands full as the violence and looting spread into the CBD.
With shopkeepers locking up, fearing looters.
The unrest started spreading after violence broke out between two groups living under a nearby bridge.
A witness said, “They started to take the bushknives, saying we must move back here, we must go away you see. We were arguing to come out of that small hole then they hurt two guys.”
Police moved in and shot dead a man who they say opened fire on them.
Details from both the Metro Police and the SAPS are still sketchy, with neither willing to confirm exactly how many people have been injured.
Officials said a group of suspects were arrested for public violence.
Those living in the area say it is a turf war between foreigners and locals, over who can sell wunga.
“We came here first right, they claim it's their place but it's out place...it's our country, it's our place. They're selling drugs there, right, we're smokers. We're not going to come here now and do this, that but we also want to have a chance to sell here,” another witness said.
Police say they're keeping a close watch on the situation.