10th NFP member killed at kwaMashu hostel

2012-09-29 00:00

THE kwaMashu hostel has become a killing field for National Freedom Party (NFP) members.

Mdayi Elijah Jele was gunned down at the hostel on Thursday night, the 10th member killed since the party was formed last year.

Jele (45) was returning from work and was shot as he entered the gate to the residence at the hostel.

NFP president Zanele Magwaza-Msibi said it had become imperative for a mobile police station to he placed at the hostel.

She called on national Police Minister, Nathi Mthethwa and the MEC for Community Safety and Liaison, Willies Mchunu, to make it happen.

She said she was worried that no arrests and convictions had been made since the killing of NFP members at the hostel.

Magwaza-Msibi called on the police to conduct weapons searches at the hostel.

“It is clear that there are arms caches that are being used to eliminate our members,” she said.

Jele was originally from the Mandlakazi area of Nongoma in Zululand. His death came just days after the NFP leader at the hostel, Bhungu Mgezeni Gwala, buried his 21-year-old son, Sphamandla Zakheni Gwala, who was also killed by unknown assailants.

Gwala said yesterday that the situation at the hostel was quiet, but very tense. He said NFP members at the hostel were living in fear after threats were made that there would be an NFP member’s funeral at the hostel every weekend.

Magwaza-Msibi offered her condolences to the Jele family, saying the party shared their grief.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane yesterday confirmed that KwaMashu police were investigating the murder.

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