KZN municipal manager gunned down

2015-07-17 14:36
KZN Transport MEC Willies Mchunu (The Witness)

KZN Transport MEC Willies Mchunu (The Witness)

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Durban - A municipal manager from the rural KwaZulu-Natal district of Ndaka was gunned down as he returned from work on Thursday night.

The office of the KZN MEC for transport, community safety and liaison said Khedari Sinatra Khumalo was killed by “unknown assailants” and that his death had prompted shock and outrage.

“While the full details of this murder are still under investigation, preliminary information indicates that Khumalo was alone in his car in Waaihoek when he was accosted by gunmen who shot and killed him. He died on the scene and the police have opened a docket of murder,” the department said in a statement.

“Mr Khumalo resided in Ladysmith at Van Riebeeck Park. He was originally from Nquthu.”

MEC Willies Mchunu expressed his shock at the slaying, condemning it in the strongest possible terms.

He urged the law enforcement agencies to do everything possible to ensure that those responsible for the callous murder were brought to book soon.

“I am highly disturbed by this senseless, inhumane and diabolical murder of Mr Khumalo. It is indeed extremely painful to wake up to the terrible news that we have lost a municipal manager and a family has lost a loved one in such a nefarious manner.

“Also, we urge the local community 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,” said Mchunu.

This comes after IFP branch chairperson Mbhasobheni Biyela, 55, was shot and killed in KwaMashu, north of Durban on Tuesday night.

He had been returning from an executive committee meeting in Shayamoya, which sits every Tuesday, when he was gunned down.

The ANC’s provincial chairperson, Sihle Zikalala, condemned what he described as an “ambush” style killing.

“Khumalo, who is praised for his great work in stabilising the municipality, died after being shot in what appears to be a carefully planned killing.

“The ANC in this province sends its condolences to the Khumalo family, friends and colleagues in the Council. Khumalo was one of the brightest young stars in the province and his death has certainly robbed us of a person that was a huge asset in the local government sphere,” he said.

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