22/08/2008 16:10 - (SA)
Johannesburg - A Johannesburg Water employee has been shot dead on duty at the Zandspruit informal settlement, Honeydew, the company said on Friday.
Spokesperson Baldwin Matsimela said Tienie du Plessis and his team were restoring water in the area when he was robbed of his cellphone and other personal items, and shot, by unknown people at about 19:30 on Thursday.
"The perpetrators did not only take a life of a valuable and dedicated employee but have also taken a life that was providing access to basic services such as water and sanitation to Zandspruit and other informal settlements across the city," Matsimela said.
He said Du Plessis had been working as a foreman for the water and sanitation service provider for the past 30 years.
He said the company and the city of Johannesburg sent condolences to the deceased's family.
"We condemn this kind of action and behaviour as it is not only criminal and inhuman but a disservice to the residents of the city," he said.