Umgeni Water boss shot dead

2010-03-06 00:00

UMGENI Water’s project manager: social development unit, Madoda Mthembu (38), was brutally murdered outside his house on Thursday evening.

The motive for the killing is being investigated by the police, but nothing was taken from Mthembu, and it has been speculated that his death might be a “hit” linked to an investigation under way in his department.

ER24 spokesman Derrick Banks said Mthembu was shot in the head. When paramedics got to the scene he was lying in a pool of blood in the middle of the road in front of his Hattersley Road home in Hayfields.

His car was parked in the driveway and nothing had been stolen from him or the car.

He was stabilised and rushed to Medi-Clinic in a critical condition, where he succumbed to the bullet wound later in the evening.

A family member said Mthembu returned from work and left for France to meet with someone who was to take measurements to install the main gate to his house.

“When he came back he parked the car and locked it. He must have been behind the car when he was shot because we found him lying in the middle of the road. It was the neighbours who alerted us that he was shot as we were all inside the house.

… if this was a hijack, why was the car not taken? God loves us all and He will not let this go without the killer being brought to justice,” she said.

Mthembu worked for Umgeni Water for 13 years. As part of his job, he was an implementing agent for projects for the Education Department and the Ilembe District Municipality, among others.

The social development unit provides water and sanitation and the refurbishment of laboratories and hostels at schools in disadvantaged areas.

It is also involved in the provision of household sanitation on behalf of Ilembe District Municipality.

Umgeni corporate stakeholder manager Shami Harichunder said there was an inquiry going on in Mthembu’s department.

“I must emphasise that there was no forensic audit [as Weekend Witness had been told], but a routine inquiry in Mthembu’s department. From time to time, to ensure compliance to good corporate governance requirements, these inquiries are done in all our departments. This exercise is also undertaken to ensure that effective controls and systems are in place and indeed entrenched.

“Coincidentally, an inquiry had taken place in the social development unit,” explained Harichunder.

Police spokesman Superintendent Jay Naicker said Mthembu’s killer escaped in an unknown vehicle that sped away after the shooting.

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