Fear in Bloekombos after ward councillor slain

2018-10-24 06:46
ANC ward councillor Luyanda Mbele who was gunned down. (Supplied)

ANC ward councillor Luyanda Mbele who was gunned down. (Supplied)

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Community members and ANC leaders gathered in Bloekombos, near Kraaifontein in Cape Town, at the home of slain Ward 101 councillor Luyanda Mbele on Monday.

Mbele and his cousin, Mzwandile Mathenjwa, were shot dead on Sunday night, according to a GroundUp report.

"Why did they kill my child?" the councillor's mother, Joyce Mbele, cried. "Last year he told me that there were people who wanted to kill him."

Commenting on the killing, chairperson of the ANC Dullah Omar Region, Xolani Sotashe, said: "We received information that he was killed by ruthless people who drove a car with a falsified number plate. So it is a well-planned hit."

"Law enforcement agencies must do their job and get to the bottom of the murder. ANC branch members must put their ears to the ground and find out who assassinated Luyanda," Sotashe added.

Wallacedene Ward 6 councillor Simphiwe Nonkeyizana (ANC) says he now lives in dread of being assassinated.

"I am now scared of being killed because I walk and drive around the township alone. I have no bodyguards."

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Kraaifontein police station commander Brigadier Gerda van Niekerk highlighted the significance of the councillor in the community.

"I would always contact him when there was a missing child and he would always assist me in mobilising the community against crime … He was so important," she said. "I'm still dumbstruck. It has not yet sunk in."

She added that a team of detectives had been assigned to investigate the murder.

"We've got experts who are dealing with the evidence found at the murder scene … We won't sleep until we find the killer."

Mbele's cousin, Phumla Mvandaba, said the murders occurred at 21:00 on Sunday at her home in Ndeleni Street, Wallacedene, Kraaifontein.

"He stepped out to turn down the volume of his car radio and I followed him," she said.

Mbele had parked his car beside her neighbours' cars.

"I saw a man cock a gun, put it to his forehead and fire about three shots."

She said another cousin, Mzwandile Mathenjwa, "tried to grab the gun from the man and they wrestled before they both fell down". The killer overpowered him and shot him several times.

'I'm scared'

Mvandaba added: "I fear that the killer may go after me now. I doubt if I will continue to stay at my place. I'm scared."

Mbele is survived by his mother, Joyce, his four daughters, two sons and two grandchildren.

Community leader Eddie Ntyintyana said Mbele had introduced a gardening project last year.

"He set aside money to introduce a boxing team as a means to combat gangsterism at schools," he said.

Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille conveyed her condolences to Mbele's colleagues, family and friends.

Metrorail regional manager Richard Walker condemned Mbele's murder as "senseless".

"We acknowledge and appreciated Luyanda as a passionate and dedicated advocate for commuters' rights, who worked tirelessly to improve commuting conditions on trains and stations in the province," he said.

Walker said: "We trust that his killers will be swiftly brought to justice for robbing his family, community and [the Passenger Rail Agency of SA] so needlessly of a valued son, father, grandfather and colleague."

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