IFP man (73) shot dead in Dundee

2008-05-14 00:00

A 73-YEAR OLD Inkatha Freedom Party councillor was gunned down outside his Dundee home on Monday night.

Police spokesman Captain Shooz Magudulela said Peter Nxele was returning from a meeting when he was ambushed by three gunmen outside his home.

“Nxele had just parked his car outside a carport at his home when he noticed the three armed men approaching. They [the gunmen] shot him three times in the chest before fleeing from the scene,” Magudulela told The Witness.

Magudulela said nothing appeared to have been stolen from the victim, but refused to speculate on the motive, saying a police investigation was still under way to establish the facts related to the incident.

“The case is being investigated by members of the Newcastle Serious and Violent Crimes Unit,” he said.

The IFP has urged police to leave no stone unturned in their investigation into the murder. “It is crucial that the perpetrators are brought to book and that we close this chapter as soon as possible, especially as we are approaching the election period,” Zanele Magwaza-Msibi, the IFP national chairperson, told The Witness.

She continued: “Although no motive for his murder has been established as yet, I think it worthy to note that councillor Nxele was known for his zeal in fighting corruption.

“I am reliably informed that Nxele had a meeting with the municipal manager of Endumeni last week requesting a forensic audit into the spending of the Endumeni Municipality while it was under control of the ANC.”

The IFP has, through floor-crossing, recently deposed the ANC from the Endumeni municipality.

bmbanjwa@witness.co.za

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