IFP official shot dead in KwaMashu

2015-07-15 13:20
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Durban – An IFP branch chairperson was shot and killed in KwaMashu, north of Durban on Tuesday night, the party said on Wednesday.

IFP national chairperson Blessed Gwala said Mbhasobheni Biyela, 55, the party's Ward 39 chairperson, was returning from an executive committee meeting in Shayamoya, which sits every Tuesday, when he was gunned down.

“I received a phone call at around eight and I rushed to KwaMashu and I was devastated to see my colleague lying in a pool of blood on the road,” said Gwala.

He said Biyela’s killing highlighted the tensions in the men’s hostels and surrounding areas. 

“These tensions arise from many factors such as criminal activity, political rivalry and the renting of [hostel] accommodation,” he said. 

'Another innocent life has been lost'

“I recently approached the MEC for Community Safety and Liaison, Willies Mchunu, to meet with the police, officials from the eThekwini Municipality and a group of leaders representative of concerned citizens in KwaMashu.

“Unfortunately that meeting never took place and another innocent life has been lost. KwaMashu residents are convinced that there is a hit list and certain people are being eliminated. The problems in the area are multi-dimensional and require all stakeholders to come together to find solutions,” said Gwala.

Gwala described Biyela as a hard working campaigner for peace and stability in the area.

“His untimely death will undo all the hard work that has been done recently. I urge the police to do everything in their power to bring these killers to book and to restore peace in KwaMashu,” said Gwala.


According to the police, Biyela was walking at KwaMashu hostels at around 18:30 when he was approached by two unknown suspects. It is alleged that the two suspects shot and killed him before they fled on foot.

KZN Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni condemned Biyela’s killing.

“We are appealing to anyone who might have information about the whereabouts of the suspects to come forward and give us information that would lead to the arrest of the suspects. Anyone with information can also call our Crime Stop number 08600 10111,” she said.

Mchunu said, “We urge all hostel inmates to observe restraint and allow law agencies to probe this matter. We have, however, been assured that the police are working around the clock to ensure that those responsible for this murder are brought to book soon.”

He said the department would continue to work with political parties to ensure political co-existence in KwaMashu.

“We have also developed a programme of action to ensure that peace prevailed at the hostel ahead of the forthcoming 2016 Local Government elections,” Mchunu said.

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