Killings: Estcourt IFP in fear

2010-09-07 00:00

THE leadership of the Inkatha Freedom Party in the Estcourt area fears that there is a low-intensity war being waged against it following the spate of killings of IFP leaders and members in the area since July.

This view was repeated to The Witness by Sbongiseni Ndlovu, the secretary of the IFP constituency in Imbabazane, following the murder of Mabhunu Mlaba, a local municipal official and IFP member in the area.

Ndlovu said Mlaba worked as an administrative clerk at the Imbabazane Local Municipality.

He was gunned down by unknown assailants near his home at KwaBhekuzulu area at about 7 pm on Sunday evening.

“According to information received from the survivors, Mabhunu was on his way home from the local store with two friends when he was fatally shot by unknown assailants,” he said

Last Tuesday Imbabazane IFP constituency chairperson Zama Mkhwanazi died in a hail of bullets after his car was ambushed on his way to work.

Several IFP leaders have reported receiving death threats, said Ndlovu.

“We are all living in fear as we don’t know who is next on the list.”

The MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Willies Mchunu, has appealed to community members to assist the police, saying that the “perpetrators are known”.

“People [must] help us to bring the perpetrators to book,” Mchunu said.

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