The Daily Maverick has the tragic story of the death of Nqobile Nzuza.
The squatters suggest that it was outright murder. The police contend they felt their lives were in danger and shot into the crowd. Either way, there's no defense for shooting people exercising their constitiutional rights.
According to the police, the officers involved used "necessary force." KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni said, "We acknowledge and respect that the public has a constitution right
to demonstrate but the police also has a constitutional mandate to
maintain law and order. Violent protests are not acceptable and the
police has responsibility to protect property and lives during these
Apparently, the police in Durban think this gives them a license to kill the poor.
For more background on the awful history of violence on the part of the authorities in Durban and the ongoing dirty war being waged against the courageous squatter organizing group Abahlali baseMjondolo, read this article.