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Thursday, 08 February 2024 18:26

Task team deployed to probe death of IFP councillor in KZN.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

SA Police Services (SAPS) have launched a manhunt for suspects who killed an Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) ward councillor and two schoolchildren.

The task team was deployed to the Nongoma area following the killing of an IFP councillor on the R618 on Wednesday. 

Recently, Police Minister Bheki Cele revealed that some 52 councillors have been killed in KwaZulu-Natal since 2011.

In 2016, government set up the Moerane Commission to probe the underlying causes of political violence in KZN.

The commission found that there were serious weaknesses in the criminal justice system as well as national intelligence.

Police spokesperson Athlenda Mathe said maximum resources have been mobilised to ensure the perpetrators are apprehended.   

"A preliminary investigation indicates the IFP ward councillor who is attached to Nongoma Local Municipality was ambushed along the R618 in Nongoma while attending to a vehicle breakdown on Wednesday afternoon.

"A group of armed men stopped next to his vehicle and shot the councillor multiples times, he sadly succumbed to his injuries on the scene.

"The suspects then fired shots at a passing scholar transport taxi that was transporting school children." 

Two children were killed and three others wounded.

Meanwhile IFP national spokesperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa they shocked by the killing.

"It is with deep shock and distress that the IFP confirms that yet another of its councillors has been murdered. While full details about exactly what transpired are not yet available, it is deeply concerning that political assassinations continue unabated in KwaZulu-Natal."

"More detailed information will be made available as it is received. We mourn the loss of yet another IFP servant leader," Hlengwa said.