Parties mourn dedicated councillor

2008-06-30 00:00

Condolences poured in from the political parties in the Mkhambathini Municipality to the family of the deputy mayor, Johnson Shlangu Mkhize, who was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Ngilanyoni in the Mid-Illovo area on Saturday.

Mayor Thobekile Maphumulo said Mkhize was a dedicated councillor who chaired the council’s human resource committee and sat on various committees that deal with development.

She said Mkhize joined the municipality in 2004 as a councillor and was appointed as a deputy mayor after the 2006 local government elections.

“He was polite and calm. We had a good working relationship and he represented our municipality well.

“As a municipality, we have given the arrangements of his funeral to his family,” she said.

IFP caucus leader Phillip Msomi said the municipality has suffered a blow as Mkhize was a hard worker. “We worked well with Mkhize. It’s painful to lose a person like him. We are planning to meet as the IFP to arrange a day were we will pay a visit to his family,” he said.

DA councillor in the municipality, Mzamo Ngcongo, said Mkhize’s death came as a shock and how it is reported to have happened scares him. “I worked well with [him]. As the DA we send our sincere condolences to his family,” he said.

Yusuf Bhamjee, mayor of the uMgungundlovu District, under which Mkhambathini falls, said he will be visiting Mkhize’s family to pay his respects to a friend and comrade who was taken from them at the “prime of his life”.

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said no arrests have been made.

A memorial services is planned for Thursday and the funeral is scheduled for the weekend.

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