DURBAN DAY TRAGEDY
By: Veantha Naidoo
A teenager was killed at the Durban Day music festival, held at the People’s Park after sustaining fatal stab wounds, on Sunday.
The deceased now known as Montreal King, was allegedly chased by two men and pushed to the ground and stabbed in the chest.
King was 19 years old and was hoping to pursue a career in the Police force next year.
Ashley Kisten, who attended the event said, that at around 7:20 pm, many people heard loud noises as a commotion broke out.
“I was standing with my friends and we were just talking, when the incident occurred.
At first we did not pay a lot of attention, but when we saw someone running we all turned around to see what was happening,” said Kisten.
Wendy Firman, who got caught in the commotion, said that during the incident people were scared and tried to run to the nearest exit, resulting in a stampede.
“It all happened so fast, one minute everyone was dancing and having a good time and the next thing you know, people are shoving and pushing each other trying to get to safety.
I think the authorities in charge of the security and safety units, should of reacted sooner and prepared a bit more for an incident of this nature,” said Firman.
After the incident took place, officials of the Durban Day festival announced that the festival was over as people were overwhelmed by the incident.
According to police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker, a case of murder is currently being investigated by the Durban SAPS, as two suspects have been arrested.
In a statement issued by East Coast Radio, the General Manager, Boni Mchunu said, “We want to offer our condolences to the family. There is no easy way to accept the loss of a
human life and I think that we are both heartbroken and shocked at this incident.”