South African man, Nhlanhla Dlamini, shot with a high-velocity nail gun by a co-worker in Halifax 

21-year-old Nhlanhla Dlamini of South African origin was shot in the back by a co-worker with a nail gun on Sept. 19 at a construction site in Abercrombie, Pictou County. Dlamini’s Mother in an interview with StarMetro said the incident was the culmination of weeks of bullying and racist slights.

He was treated for a collapse and punctured lung and had to an emergency surgery, spending 4 days in the hospital as a result of the unfortunate incident.

On Sept 27th,  Shawn Wade Hynes, 43, of Trenton, N.S. was arrested and released the same day on the condition that he have no contact with the victim. He was charged with criminal negligence causing bodily harm in relations to the work site incident. Hynes is scheduled to appear in court in December.

In response to the incident about 80 people gathered in downtown Halifax October 19th afternoon for a rally to support Nhlanhla Dlamini and to call for an end to anti-Black racism in the province’s workplaces.

While addressing the crowd gathered for Friday’s rally, supporters were calling on the RCMP to upgrade the charges from criminal negligence causing bodily harm to attempted murder and a hate crime.


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