NFP youth leader injured in shooting

2014-02-24 00:00

A NATIONAL Freedom Front (NFP) youth leader was shot and injured at Wembezi township, Estcourt, while returning home from the party’s door-to-door campaign on Saturday.

NFP secretary-general Nhlanhla Khubisa said yesterday that Khululekani Sithole (29) was on his way home when a car approached and a man opened fire on him.

“He survived by the grace of God,” Khubisa said. “We have called on our members to remain calm and have urged the police to arrest the perpetrator.”

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said an attempted murder case was opened after Sithole was shot by an unknown gunman on the left shoulder.

“No arrest has been made. The motive for the shooting is unknown,” he said.

Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu, through his spokesperson Sipho Khumalo, said he was disappointed with the latest development.

“The MEC, minister of Police and provincial police commissioner have worked flat out to bring stability at Wembezi as we move towards the elections,” Khumalo said.

The shooting took place within a week of various incidents that left members of political parties dead or injured in the province.

Last Thursday, IFP Women’s Brigade chairperson Nonhlanhla Biyela (32) was shot dead at the kwaMashu hostel.

On Monday night, NFP branch leader Ntombi Mzila was shot dead at the hostel.

On Saturday last week, two NFP members were injured in another shooting incident during campaigning in kwaMashu.

Zwane said no arrests have been made in connection with the KwaMashu incidents yet.

Meanwhile, plans are under way to organise a meeting between the IFP and NFP.

IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi last week offered to enter into peace talks with NFP leadership amid calls made by NFP president Zanele Magwaza-Msibi that all political parties should hold a meeting to commit to free political activity.

Responding to the IFP’s request, the NFP proposed tomorrow as a date for the proposed meeting.

However, Khubisa said the IFP has proposed another date, possibly Thursday, due to prior commitments.

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