IFP murders: ‘MEC must step in’

2011-08-04 00:00

THE Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has appealed to the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Community Safety and Liaison, Willies Mchunu, to personally intervene on the “political assassination” of its two leaders in Mfolozi and Ndwedwe.

It also called on the MEC to ensure their murders are investigated by the KwaZulu-Natal Violence Task Team.

According to the IFP’s deputy national spokesperson, Joshua Mazibuko, the IFP branch chairperson in the Mabhuyeni area of Mfolozi, Themba Cebekhulu, was gunned down at his house on Monday.

Godfrey Mahlobo from Ndwedwe was attacked a day before the May 18 elections and died a week ago.

Mazibuko said Cebekhulu was gunned down by unknown assailants who invaded his house at about 8.30 pm on Monday while he was with his fiancée, Dudu Msweli.

Msweli, who is a local IFP Youth Brigade branch chairperson, suffered injuries in the attack and was admitted to the hospital.

Mahlobo, who was the IFP’s ward 17 candidate in Ndwedwe, was shot a day before the elections.

At the time the IFP national organiser issued a statement saying he had been shot dead and called on IFP supporters to continue voting for him so as to force a by-election in the ward, which was comfortably won by an ANC candidate.

“We urge MEC Mchunu to personally get involved in this case to ensure that those who attacked Mahlobo are brought to book, because there will be no closure for the family and the IFP as long as Mahlobo’s murderers do not receive their just rewards for this dastardly act,” Mazibuko said.

At the time of going to print, Mchunu’s spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane had not yet responded to a media enquiry sent to him.

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