Prayers for shot councillors

2017-08-04 06:00

PRAYERS are pouring in for hospitalised Umzimkhulu councillors that were shot in Ibisi area outside Umzimkhulu on July 13.
Former ANC Youth League secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa, Ward 11 councillor Nontsikelelo Mafa and Ward 16 councillor Jabu Mzizi were critically wounded during the incident, but are recovering at an unidentified hospital.

Harry Gwala District Religious Fraternity held a prayer service to curb political killings in Umzimkhulu last Thursday, was attended by congregants from different churches and politicians.

It is suspected that the attacks of political leaders are as a result of political intolerance within the ANC as Harry Gwala region is approaching a regional conference between August and September after it was postponed several times after audits revealed suspected fraudulent membership in some branches.

This year, former speaker of Umzimkhulu Municipality, Khaya Thobela was the first victim to be attacked and killed.
After Thobela was buried, former councillor, Khayalethu Mgcwaba was shot dead by unknown people, then ANC councillor Mduduzi Shibase was gunned down in May.
“As the leadership and members of the Harry Gwala Religious Fraternity, we have been attending memorial services and funerals of political leaders in our community. “Residents have identified the need for us to fast and pray for the end of these senseless killings,” said chairperson of fraternity, Bishop Andile Mncwengi.
He said it is also the responsibility of churches to intervene to pray for calmness in Umzimkhulu.

At an event that honoured the 2017 Comrades Marathon winner, Bongumusa Mthembu in Bulwer last Saturday, former AU chair Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma condemned the attacks of political leaders in Umzimkhulu and asked members to unite against the enemy.

“I have been a politician for many years and I never planned to kill a comrade. These killings are not political, but criminal,” said Dlamini-Zuma.

Photos of the men suspected to be involved in the attacks have been released to the public to help police with the investigation of the attempted murders of
Magaqa, Mafa and
Mzizi.

Umzimkhulu Local Municipality communication’s officer, Willie Mgcina said the municipality is to hold a prayer service soon to bring peace and calm in Umzimkhulu.

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