IFP member gunned down in KZN

2012-10-09 18:25
AK-47 (Picture: AFP)

AK-47 (Picture: AFP)

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Durban - An Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) member was shot in his car on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast on Tuesday, the party said.

IFP spokesperson Mntomuhle Khawula said Bongani Lushaba was ambushed in Oshabeni.

Khawula said from the scene: "Somebody opened fire with an AK-47. The police told me it was an AK-47."

Police spokesman Colonel Jay Naicker said Lushaba was shot several times as he entered the St Faiths Road from a secondary road near Mehlomnyama.

Naicker confirmed that 13 spent AK-47 cartridges were found.

Khawula said Lushaba had been a proportional representative candidate in the 2011 local government elections.

This was the third politically-related killing in the area in the past two months.

In September the African National Congress's Oshabeni branch chairperson Dumisani Malunga and secretary Bheki Chiliza were gunned down after leaving a party meeting.

Khawula said Lushaba was not standing for any political post. A by-election was planned for the area following the death of the incumbent ward councillor.

Naicker said the motive for the killing was unclear and no arrests had been made.

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