Murdered leader mourned

2015-08-06 06:00

DEPUTY chairperson of Zamokuhle Long Distance Taxi Association and Hibiscus Coast Municipality employee Mlungisi Cyril ‘Bhoro’ Ngcobo (38), who was murdered in a drive-by shooting in Port Shepstone last Wednesday, will be laid to rest at his home in Nyandezulu this Saturday.

He was described by those who worked with him as being a dedicated public servant and a capable leader who still had a lot to offer. He was superintendent for verge maintenance at depot two.

Ngcobo was driving home around 4.30pm with his teenage daughter when his van came under heavy fire from unknown assailants along Harding Road west-bound between Oslo Beach and Umbango.

Police released a statement shortly afterwards confirming that he had died at the scene, but his daughter had survived with minor injuries after she jumped out of the moving vehicle and ran for her life.

People from the Umbango side of the road, who witnessed the shooting, confirmed seeing a white sedan speeding alongside Ngcobo’s van as shots rang out, and fleeing the scene as the victim’s car crashed onto the side barrier, coming to a standstill.

Ngobo was also the ANC Lower South Coast Regional Executive Committee member­.

It has not been confirmed whether the shooting is related to the ongoing taxi feud, but it came a day after MEC for Transport, Willies Mchunu, said he knows the names of the agitators in the Port Shepstone- Durban­-Stanger taxi war.

HCM spokesperson Simon April said it was with shock they learnt of their colleague’s death.

“We hope that police will do their best to ensure that all those involved in this barbaric­ act will face the might of the law and send a clear message to murderers that they have no place in society,” said April.

A memorial service will be held at the Port Shepstone Civic Centre on Thursday at 1pm

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