Police probe 'political' slaying

2015-06-09 16:21
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Durban - Police have not ruled out the possibility that the public slaying of teacher and Nquthu Municipality speaker Vusi Ntombela last week was politically motivated.

A thirteen-year-old pupil was also killed when three men burst into a classroom at Luvisi Primary School and opened fire on Ntombela.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said, despite the fact that a mayoral bodyguard was among the three arrested in connection with the murder, the motive was not yet clear.

“At this stage of the investigation it is impossible for us to say that this incident is a political killing. The suspects in this matter still need to make statements and this is all we are able to proffer at this point in time,” he said.  

The City Press reported on Sunday that Sibongiseni Mdakane, 32, who joined the council as a mayoral protector late last year, was arrested, along with Mbhekiseni Khambule, 38, and Bhekisenzo Dlangamandla, 32, hours after the shooting at the school.

Mdakane, an ANC activist, had worked informally with the mayor before being placed on the council’s payroll.

The paper reported that police believed the assassination of Ntombela, who in December had resisted an instruction from the ANC sub-region to resign as speaker, was related to political tensions in the governing party’s Inkosi Bhambatha region and in the council itself.

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