Head of izinduna gunned down

2011-12-05 00:00

A SPECIAL police task force team has been set up to investigate the murder of the induna of eMaqongqo, who was killed on Saturday.

Ben Mkhize (60) was the head of the izinduna under Inkosi Nhlakanipho Maphumulo in that area. He was gunned down by three unknown men at his business premises — a tuck shop which doubled as a tavern.

Mkhize was confronted by the men, one of whom produced a firearm and shot him four times. One of the shots hit Mkhize in the head, fatally wounding him.

They took a safe containing an unknown amount of cash and fled from the scene in a silver Toyota Corolla, with an unknown ND registration number.

Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu together Agriculture MEC Meshack Radebe, who lives in that area, and Inkosi Maphumulo visited the family yesterday to pass on their condolences.

Kwanele Ncalane, the spokesperson for the department of Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, said the Mchunu dispatched a task team to investigate the murder because he wants to leave no stone unturned.

“Mkhize was the head of the izinduna in this area and his killing, especially as a person that senior, has the potential to undermine peace and stability in this area,” Ncalane said.

“This area has a bad history dating back to the days of political violence and it is therefore essential that we investigate the matter fully and find out what was the motive for the incident and be able to report back to the community on what we have discovered.”

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said the police were investigating the circumstances around the murder and suspect the possible motive was robbery.

She appealed to those who might have information to assist them in their investigation to come forward.

She said those with information can contact Warrant Officer Derek Coetzee of the Pietermaritzburg Organised Crime Unit at his office at 033 845 8504 or on his cellphone at 082 556 1370.

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