MEC calls for arrest of KZN councillor's killers

2016-05-17 13:12

Durban – A KwaZulu-Natal MEC on Monday called on police to apprehend those behind the shooting and killing of a KwaNongoma ANC councillor.

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube said she was shocked by the killing of Ward 10 ANC PR councillor Thami Nyembe. 

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Nqobile Gwala on Tuesday said the 50-year-old Nyembe was fatally shot on Monday while driving with his wife in the Emasundwini area.

"His wife was seriously injured and taken to hospital for medical attention. The motive of the attack is unknown at this stage. Nongoma police are investigating a case of murder and attempted murder. No arrest has been made at this stage."

Dube-Ncube called on the police to swiftly apprehend the perpetrators to promote stability at local government level.

"When a human life is lost, it is never easy to accept that. Much worse, when a life has been taken by the hand of a fellow human being. It is even [more] unbearable when the person killed is a public roleplayer, such as a councillor."

Dube-Ncube added that local government was the face of governance for the general public. She said that when a councilor was killed people were denied access to the government.

"I am engaging with MEC for Community Safety, my colleague in cabinet, [Senzo] Mchunu, to ensure that as the province we speedily leave no stone unturned in bringing the culprits to book. We want to send a clear and strong message that no killing of councillors will be tolerated, especially not in our hard-earned democracy."

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