NFP councillor escapes attempt on his life

2013-04-19 00:00

A NATIONAL Freedom Party (NFP) councillor in the Imbabazane Municipality (Estcourt) narrowly escaped an attempt on his life when he came under fire on Wednesday night.

Bheki Mazibuko (34), of Mandabeni, was about 800 metres away from his home when he was attacked.

Mazibuko, who was alone at the time, said he was heading home at about 9.30 pm, negotiating a bend, when he noticed a man on the left side of the road.

“I did not suspect anything, but as I passed him he fired a shot through the window.

“That is when I realised that I was being attacked and swerved off the road.”

However, a second gunman lay in wait on the opposite side of the road and further shots rang out. Mazibuko took cover beneath the steering wheel and escaped injury.

“The car come to a halt and I managed to open the door and run to the field, from where I phoned police.

“I thought it was the end of my life as those gunshots rang in my ears. I just took cover under the steering wheel,” he said.

NFP national chairperson Maliyakhe Shelembe said they would wait for the police to complete their investigation and not apportion blame.

Police spokesperson Thulani Zwane said an attempted murder docket was opened.

No arrests had been made.

Last week Imbabazane Mayor Phindile Strydom (ANC) survived an attempt on her life when unknown gunmen shot at her car outside her home.

Mondli Mkhize, the former speaker of Imbabazane council, which is governed by an ANC-NFP coalition, was attacked at his home last month.

Institute for Security Studies (ISS) senior researcher Johan Burger said the number of attacks on political figures in KZN was increasing as the elections approached.

“It is in line with the history of the province and it shows that it [politically motivated murder] has not really stopped.”

Burger said such attacks could be fuelled by intra-party conflict or conflict between rival parties.

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