Umzimkhulu Municipality speaker’s death mourned

2017-04-28 06:01
Khaya Thobela.Photo: khaya magenu

Khaya Thobela.Photo: khaya magenu

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POLITICAL leaders and ANC members are mourning the death of Umzimkhulu Municipality speaker, Khaya Thobela (47), after­ he was shot by unknown men at his rural home village of Mfundweni outside Umzimkhulu on April 20.

Thobela died in the Port Shepstone Hospital last Sunday.
Police spokesperson, Captain Nqobile Gwala said police are investigating a case of murder - no arrests have been made.

Thobela was also the deputy secretary of the ANC in Harry Gwala.
“After I heard news of his attack I went to Rietvlei Hospital in Umzimkhulu where he had been admitted. We are shocked and saddened by his death,” said Umzimkhulu mayor, Mphuthumi Mpabanga.

ANC provincial chairperson, Sihle Zikalala, Department of Education MEC, Mthandeni Dlungwana, and political leaders visited Thobela’s home in support of his family last Sunday.
Sindi Msomi, ANC secretary in Harry Gwala said she is shocked about Thobela’s attack and asked police to “speed up” investigations.

ANCYL spokesperson in Harry Gwala, Ntando Maduna said: “The youth league believes that Thobela’s attack was politically motivated as we are approaching the regional conference.
“Thobela was attacked because he was the potential incoming regional secretary of the ruling party in Harry Gwala based on branch preference and nominations.

“Thobela grew up in the ranks of the youth league and it was easy to approach him.”   

KZN premier, Willies Mchunu appointed a commission to investigate politically related murders after the many incidents of this nature have been reported.

Earlier this month, deputy mayor of Umzimkhulu Municipality Sindisiwe Nkala raised concerns about insecurity after receiving death threats on her phone.
She told Fever that messages sent to her phone by unknown people threatened to kill her. The municipality is trying to get security to protect her.

SAPS spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said an integrated team comprising of the Ladysmith Tactical Response Team, K9 Unit, Crime Intelligence and Van Reenen SAPS followed up on intelligence about a suspect who boarded a taxi to Gauteng after allegedly being involved in the murder of the speaker.

“The taxi was stopped at Van Reenen and the suspect was found in possession of a revolver. The 37-year-old suspect will appear in the Ladysmith Magistrate’s Court for possession of an unlicensed firearm.”

Acting Provincial Commissioner Major General Bheki Langa commended police for swift response of police.

“We commend the swift arrest by the integrated team. This has ensured that the culprit was apprehended before he fled the province. The recovered firearm will be subjected to ballistic tests to determine if it was used in the murder of the speaker or any other crime in the country.”

The funeral service will be held at the Ibisi Stadium in Umzimkhulu next Sunday.


After I heard news of his attack I went to
Hospital in Umzimkhulu where he had been admitted. We are shocked and saddened by his death.

— Umzimkhulu mayor,
Mphuthumi Mpabanga

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