NFP condemns murder of IFP councillor

2012-10-08 07:25

The National Freedom Party today condemned the kidnapping and killing of an IFP councillor in KwaMashu at the weekend, adding that failure to monitor the situation would result in “the return of political violence” to the area.

“We call on police to conduct raids at the hostel as it is clear that there are arms caches hidden there to fan these ongoing political killings,” NFP president Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi said in a statement.

IFP councillor Themba Xulu was abducted from his home in KwaMashu’s A-Section on Friday, allegedly by five men posing as policemen.

His body was found yesterday in an area known as eTafulene, near Durban.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said people collecting mushrooms discovered his body and alerted police.
Xulu had sustained multiple gunshot wounds, Naicker said.

KaMagwaza-Msibi appealed to police to speed up investigations into the killings at the hostel.

“More police need to be deployed at the hostel to calm the situation,” she said.

“We also call on Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to put a permanent mobile police station [there] to monitor the situation as failure to do so might see political violence returning to the hostel,” she said.

KaMagwaza-Msibi said three NFP members were shot dead at the hostel recently.

The NFP was formed prior to the 2011 local government elections when the former IFP national chair KaMagwaza-Msibi left the party.

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