Another Richmond councillor gunned down

2017-07-12 06:02
Richmond councillor Sifiso Mkhize was gunned down last week near his home. PHOTO: Supplied

Richmond councillor Sifiso Mkhize was gunned down last week near his home. PHOTO: Supplied

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RICHMOND ward councillor Sifiso­ Mkhize (41) was fatally gunned down last Thursday evening, June 29, near his home.

Hawks spokesperson Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo said on Tuesday that no arrests had been made.

However, he instructed Echo to contact the Hawks’ Hangwani Mulaudzi for comment because, he said, Mulaudzi is handling the matter.

Mulaudzi was called several times without success.

Mkhize’s death comes after the death of Richmond deputy mayor Thandazile Phoswa and municipal manager Sibusiso Sithole this year, who were shot and killed earlier this year.

Richmond Municipality head of communications Sbonelo Bhengu said no arrests have been made in connection with the deputy mayor’s and municipal manager’s deaths.

Bhengu said in a statement that Mkhize was gunned down 100 metres from his home.

Mkhize is survived by his wife and five children.

“Although details around his death are unclear at this stage, Mkhize, who has played a pivotal role in the smooth running of the municipality, died in a hail of 18 bullets. He was the chairperson of the Richmond Community Policing Forum and a CPF cluster Public Relations Officer,” Bhengu said.

He said on the day of his murder Mkhize had called a community meeting at 4pm in Siyathuthuka, where they were meant to discuss how crime would be prevented and fought in the area.

Bhengu said Richmond Municipality Speaker, Siminekosi Ndlovu, remains in shock as he was with Mkhize a lot of the time.

He added the speaker said the municipality wishes to distance itself from speculating on the motive behind Mkhize’s murder, and urged the community to remain calm and allow the law to take its course.

Bhengu said Mkhize’s death has sent shock waves through the community with the mayor, Sibusiso Mchunu, condemning the behaviour.

He said the mayor stated that the municipality would work with the police to ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice.

He said the mayor sent condolences to Mkhize’s family and the community.

The Democratic Alliance has since issued a statement condemning Mkhize’s murder.

The party’s uMgungundlovu East constituency head, Dean Macpherson, said in the statement the party sends condolences to Mkhize’s family. “The DA is deeply concerned at the destabilising of the Richmond Municipality due to ANC factionalism through violence and murder. The residents of Richmond should not have to be the ultimate bearers of ANC factionalism as their municipality’s leaders live in constant fear, unable to do their work.

“The DA will not rest until all those involved in these killings are brought to book, no matter how far up the ANC leadership ladder they may be.”

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