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2014-05-15 21:50


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Durban - Opposition parties on Thursday condemned Umgungundlovu District Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee's bodyguards after they allegedly killed a motorist on the N3.

IFP KwaZulu-Natal leader Blessed Gwala called for the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) to probe Monday's accident.

Andile Samuel Phungula was hit by a speeding vehicle allegedly driven by Bhamjee's bodyguards near Hillcrest.

"The indescribable meeting the mayor was rushing to is not an excuse for Phungula's death," said Gwala.

The DA's KwaZulu-Natal leader Sizwe Mchunu said Bhamjee's bodyguards needed to be suspended.

"Bhamjee's bodyguards are becoming habitual offenders on this stretch of road and must be suspended immediately pending the outcome of an investigation into this unfortunate incident," he said.

Last year Bhamjee's bodyguards, Thulasizwe Mbanjwa and Sthembiso Mokoena, were charged with attempted murder after they allegedly shot at a motorist on the N3.

The charges of unlawfully discharging a firearm and discharging a firearm in a public place were dropped.

The Daily News reported on Wednesday that one of the two men charged with attempted murder had been driving the car that crashed into Phungula's.

A police spokesperson  Jay Naicker said that no arrests had been made and a culpable homicide docket had been opened.

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