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Parties condemn councillor's killing

2012-10-08 12:15

Durban - Political parties condemned the kidnapping and killing of an IFP councillor in KwaMashu at the weekend.

"KwaZulu-Natal alone witnesses political assassinations almost every year and this tendency must be condemned in the strongest possible terms as senseless acts of violence only foments further violence," DA councillor Zwakele Mncwango said on Monday.

IFP councillor Themba Xulu was abducted from his home in KwaMashu's A-Section on Friday, allegedly by five men posing as policemen.

His body was discovered on Sunday in an area known as eTafulene, near Durban.

Mncwango said the Democratic Alliance was concerned about the increase in political killings in the province.

"The death of any councillor is so unnecessary and is illustrating yet again how intolerant our society has become," he said.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said people collecting mushrooms discovered Xulu's body on Sunday and alerted police.

Mobile police station

Xulu sustained multiple gunshot wounds and his body appeared to show early signs of decomposition, Naicker said.

National Freedom Party (NFP) president Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi appealed to police to speed up investigations into the killings at the hostel.

"We call on police to conduct raids at the hostel as it is clear that there are arms caches hidden there to fan these ongoing political killings," KaMagwaza-Msibi said.

She said more police needed to be deployed at the hostel.

"We also call on Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to put a permanent mobile police station [there] to monitor the situation as failure to do so might see political violence returning to the hostel," KaMagwaza-Msibi said.

Three NFP members were shot dead at the hostel recently, she said.

The NFP was formed prior to the 2011 local government elections when the former IFP national chair KaMagwaza-Msibi left the party.

Comments
  • aniken.vader.31 - 2012-10-08 12:28

    "posing as policemen" - I would not be surprised they WERE policemen! The ONLY reason why they'd kill ifp is due to political turf wars between gangster-led anc and the ifp!

      msendi - 2012-10-08 12:37

      You don't know what you are talking about. Don't jump to conclusion…

      aniken.vader.31 - 2012-10-08 12:53

      yes I do - it is NOT easy to get police uniforms and get dressed into them and go visit one oak and then kidnap and kill him! And we all know that the police (nathi and the likes) are very much anc-sided..! LASTLY - this IS a political turf warfare! So in simple maths: one and one equals two. Can you do maths?

  • mosimane.letlalo - 2012-10-08 12:32

    Why condemn a situation that you created, people can see that being a politician in SA gives you a seat on the gravy train, and those who do NOT want to share their seat are being killed.

      aniken.vader.31 - 2012-10-08 12:34

      "KwaZulu-Natal alone witnesses political assassinations almost every year and this tendency must be condemned in the strongest possible terms as senseless acts of violence only foments further violence," DA councillor Zwakele Mncwango said on Monday. Could you explain to all of us HOW did the DA create that situation????

      mosimane.letlalo - 2012-10-08 12:53

      Why single out DA, the header reads "Parties condemn councillor's killing"

      aniken.vader.31 - 2012-10-08 14:27

      because the condemnation statement IN THE ARTICLE was from the DA!

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-08 12:39

    "The death of any councillor is so unnecessary" the death of any citizen regardless of where they are employed, is unnecessary. Please condemn all the other senseless killings we read about every sing day

  • klaas.waarzegger.7 - 2012-10-08 12:43

    As if the DA should not be allowed to have Councillors.

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-10-08 12:46

    I believe KZN problems need KZN solutions. We as the rest of the country dont need to intefere as this is a provincial issue. Nathi should not be dragged either and the head of safety and security in kzn with the political lads in the province must interven. Just to give a hint, i think the venue for that meeting should be in nkandla

      aniken.vader.31 - 2012-10-08 12:54

      we as the rest of the country blah blah! My friend - kzn is part of SA! We SHOULD get involved since SA is our country! Well, less zimpopo - there is no excuse for that one

      mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-10-08 13:06

      Aniken, your comment might be brilliant one and it might be stupid one as well, but with either of those two i respect it.

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-10-08 12:46

    I believe KZN problems need KZN solutions. We as the rest of the country dont need to intefere as this is a provincial issue. Nathi should not be dragged either and the head of safety and security in kzn with the political lads in the province must interven. Just to give a hint, i think the venue for that meeting should be in nkandla

  • jan.plank.35 - 2012-10-08 13:03

    Maybe this unhappy darkie was looting the public coffers, and refused to share. Maybe not. ???????????? BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY

  • stephen.j.dickson.3 - 2012-10-08 13:16

    Then the IFP must cull local ANC councillors in retaliation. That is the Black way.......bottom line.

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