Political murder in Richmond?

2015-10-19 12:45
(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Pietermaritzburg - A political motive for the killing of Richmond municipal security manager Mthulisi Ngcobo has not yet been ruled out.

Ngcobo (41) — a political activist and regional executive committee coordinator of the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans’ Association (MKMVA) in Richmond — was gunned down outside his home on Friday night.

Ngcobo also held the position of Richmond municipality’s head of security and is the brother of Richmond deputy mayor Philile Ngcobo.

His murder has left the Richmond community shocked and demanding answers.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said the shooting took place just before 10 pm.

It is believed Ngcobo had parked his car at his home in Ndaleni Slahla and went to close his gate when he was shot dead by unknown gunmen.

“The motive of the killing is unknown at this stage. Richmond police are investigating a case of murder and no arrest has been made at this stage,” Naicker said.

Mthulisi’s brother Phumze Ngcobo said he was in his room when he heard about six gunshots outside.

“I ran outside and saw my brother lying on the ground near the gate. It was too late,” Phumze said.

“It is very hard for our family. It was a big blow because he was a good man who played a fighting role in crime prevention.”

Richmond mayor Andrew Ragavaloo said the “tragic and ruthless killing” has left the community “disconcerted”.

“We are reluctant to say there is a political motive at this stage but the probability does exist and if it is so, we need to sort it out,” Ragavaloo said.

Ragavaloo described Mthulisi as a “very pleasant, well-liked individual”.

Democratic Alliance ward councillor in Richmond Goodman Madonda said Ngcobo’s death has shocked the entire community.

Madonda told The Witness

he had worked with Ngcobo for almost 11 years and was deeply saddened by his death.

“At the moment it is not easy to say Ngcobo’s killing had a political motive, however, with the 2016 local government elections coming up, we cannot rule it out,” Madonda said.

“We still hope the police do their job and find Ngcobo’s killers and the public also comes forward with any information they might have regarding the murder.”

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