Top KZN politician's nephew shot dead

2012-03-02 16:04
Johannesburg - The nephew of a prominent Inkatha Freedom Party politician has been shot dead near his home in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, police confirmed on Friday.

Macala Gwala, of Nkwezela, south of Bulwer, was attacked while walking home with family and friends at 22:00 on Thursday, Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Mdunge said.

His uncle, Blessed Gwala, is the leader of the IFP in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature.

The 27-year-old Macala Gwala, a traditional leader, was set to be sworn in as an inkosi, or chief, in his area.

In a statement on Friday, Gwala senior said the family "gave its most heartfelt sympathy to His Majesty the King and the House of Traditional Leaders for being robbed of a life that was taken away senselessly".

Family spokesperson Mzokhona Khumalo said a group of unidentified men had passed Gwala and his group, when one of them turned and fired a shot that killed Gwala. The attackers fled.

"We plead with the community and the police to work together in finding the suspects," Khumalo said.

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