Defector: three arrested for killing of Mbabazane councillor

2011-03-01 00:00

THREE men have been arrested for the recent murder of a councillor from Imbabazane municipality near Estcourt. Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said the suspects are Mbongiseni Zamisa (30), Sbonelo Mkhize (27) and Khumbulani Madlala (28).

The former Inkatha Freedom Party mayor of uMtshezi Municipality, Maliyakhe Lymon Shelembe, said a fourth suspect is known to have intimidated IFP members in the Estcourt area. Police were unable to confirm the arrest of a fourth suspect.

Councillor Sbo Mnikathi was killed after defecting to the National Freedom Party, said Shelembe.

“This arrests have helped to assure our people that they will be able to exercise their constitutional right to vote for parties of their choice during the local government elections,” he said.

“On December 20 last year I was attacked while I was entering my house in Bhanoyini area. I was lucky that I was not hurt but my vehicle was damaged by bullets.

“If you come into my house you will see loads of blankets, which are used by local residents, who have turned my house into a refugee camp because at night they are being attacked for joining NFP,” he said.

IFP national organiser Albert Mncwango also welcomed the arrest. He insisted that Mnikathi remained the IFP councillor until his death.

“We have been calling for the arrest. We are now calling for the speedy resolution to the murder case. Mnikathi remained our councillor since he never indicated that he had defected from the IFP,” said Mncwango.

Zwane said the at the Estcourt Magistrate’s Court was postponed yesterday till March 8 for further investigation.

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