Harding councillor shot and killed

2016-12-16 06:01
Alwyn Ace Houston was murdered last Thursday. Photo: supplied

Alwyn Ace Houston was murdered last Thursday. Photo: supplied

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UMUZIWABANTU Municipality is again under a dark cloud after an ANC Ward 3 councillor, Alwyn Ace Houston (58), was shot and killed last Thursday.
He was allegedly killed after addressing a community meeting about housing at Ghost Town in Harding.

Houston was elected at the 3 August elections as a ward councillor for the third term.
Umuziwabantu Speaker Mzwandile Nyathi said Houston’s murder is shocking.

On 18 July an ANC Ward 1 candidate, Bongani Skhosana, was shot and killed and a 30-year-old suspect was arrested last month.
The vacant ward councillor position was closed during by-elections on 9 November.

A commission of inquiry was set up by the KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu to investigate politically motivated killings in the province.

“The political killings that are happening in this area might cause instability in the community. I am sad-dened about Houston’s death because he was a progressive councillor who was working for his community. He was a humble councillor, accommodating everyone and helping poor children by donating Christmas clothes,” said Mayor Dixie Nciki.

In a statement Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube condemned the killing.

“We are deeply concerned that Umuziwabantu is becoming a hot spot for the murder of councillors and is becoming­ a place where no elected public representative is safe. This senseless violence on public representatives must stop and law enforcement agencies must restore order and peace.”

Dube-Ncube also called on political parties, civil societies and the community to play an active role in bringing discipline and climate peace to the area­.
Details about funeral arrangements are unavailable from the family.

Houston left two sons and a wife.

A case of murder is under police investigation.
A memorial service was held on Wednesday and the funeral ser- vice is tomorrow (Saturday) in Har- ding.

‘We are deeply concerned that Umuziwabantu is becoming a hot spot for the murder of
councillors and is becoming­ a place where no elected public representative is safe. This
senseless violence on public representatives must stop and law enforcement agencies must restore order and peace’

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