Deputy mayor survives assassination attempt

2016-10-14 06:00
PHOTO: SUPPLIED Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Municipality Deputy Mayor Philani Shange points to the bullet holes in his vehicle after he came under attack at the weekend.

PHOTO: SUPPLIED Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Municipality Deputy Mayor Philani Shange points to the bullet holes in his vehicle after he came under attack at the weekend.

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PHILANI Shange (33), Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Municipality Deputy Mayor says he is grateful to his ancestors for helping him survive a hail of bullets.

This after his Isuzu vehicle came under fire on Saturday at around 9pm.

According to Shange, he was going home from an ANC branch executive meeting in Ward 11 in Umzimkhulu at Kwezela rural village in Bulwer.

Shange said at home he got out of the vehicle, leaving the engine running, to open the gate and saw somebody hiding behind his vehicle.
“When I opened the gate and I heard gunfire so I ran to my yard and hid. The gunman continued shooting at my house, leaving it with six bullet holes. There were also three bullet holes in my vehicle­.”

He said the shooting lasted for about five minutes, then it was quiet until the police arrived.
“My vehicle was still outside the gate when the police arrived and rescued me. I believe the gunman wanted to kill me.

“It is difficult to understand how I survived and now, although I don’t feel safe, I am not shaken.

“I will continue with my political work. What happened to me will not shift my focus as a leader of municipality and ANC.

“I thank my ancestors for saving my life,” he told Fever.

It is believed that the shooting is behind the political­ killings that continue to ravage KZN ANC members.

The killings happened after divisions appeared between ANC Harry Gwala regional executive committee­ members, and which has now reached boiling point.

The tension is so bad it led to certain members hiring private security companies to protect them day and night because they received phone and SMS death threats.

Last month some regional executive members brought a vote of no confidence against their regional chairperson, Zamo Nxumalo.

Harry Gwala Regional ANC Secretary Sindie Msomi described the attempted murder of the deputy­ mayor “a barbaric act”.

She said they don’t want to associate the shooting of the deputy mayor with the vote of no confidence against Nxumalo.

She said they are worried because two weeks ago a shooting took place at night at ANC regional and Harry Gwala District Municipality offices in Ixopo, fortunately, no one was injured.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane confirmed­ the incident and said the deputy mayor survived by running, and they left him unharmed.

“Yes, I can confirm that a case of attempted murder has been opened at Bulwer.

“We are busy with the investigation and nobody has been arrested.

Harry Gwala District Municipality Ndabezitha spokesperson Tenza also confirmed the shooting at the municipal offices.

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