Murdered IFP leader was not seeking Oshabeni by-election win

2012-10-10 00:00

OCAL IFP leader Bongani Lushaba, who was gunned down in Oshabeni yesterday, had been involved in the local taxi industry.

Although he had been a candidate in last year’s local government election, he was not seeking office in the coming Oshabeni by-election, IFP MP Albert Mncwango told The Witness.

Hoping that the IFP would not “get into the same situation as other parties”, he said investigations should include taking a look at the transport sector.

Oshabeni was the scene of recent political killings that have been an indicator of infighting within the ANC ahead of the November 7 vote.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid said Lushaba, who was in his fifties, was ambushed while driving.

“He was shot several times through the windows of his silver Toyota Corolla whilst entering the main Mehlomnyama St Faith’s road from a secondary road. Thirteen AK 47 cartridges were found at the scene. The motive for the killing is not clear at this stage and Mehlomnyama detectives are investigating a murder docket.”

Mncwango said leaders needed to stand up against political killings.

On Sunday, the body of IFP councillor, Themba Xulu, was found near Inanda after he had been kidnapped from a kwaMashu hostel on Friday.

Xulu’s murder followed the recent killings of the son of an NFP leader at the hostel and two other NFP leaders in the area.

“No one wants this province to go back to what it was 10, 20 years ago,” said Mncwango.

He appealed to supporters to remain calm and help police with investigations.

He said he had seen Lushaba at a meeting recently. “There was no sign of anything wrong. I really don’t know what’s going on,” he said.

“We are pained that we should be losing our leaders at this kind of pace and in such a gruesome manner.”

• duncan.guy@witness.co.za

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