KZN municipal speaker survives 11 gunshots to his vehicle in assassination attempt

2019-08-20 21:21
(Getty Images)

(Getty Images)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Ukhahlamba Municipal speaker Sthembiso Zulu has survived an assassination attempt, the Kwazulu-Natal Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) department said on Tuesday.

Provincial Cogta spokesperson Lennox Mabaso said the speaker was apparently shot at, while on the way home from work.

"The municipal vehicle he was using was shot at eleven times. The speaker escaped with minor injuries."

Kwazulu-Natal police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said she was not aware at present of the attempt.

Cogta MEC Sipho Hlomuka was shocked at the latest attack and said the recent spate of violence directed at public representatives in municipalities should stop.

"We are dismayed at the news of an attempt on the life of yet another councillor in the province, shortly as the province is still licking its wounds following the brutal assassination of councillor Mthembeni Majola from Inkosi Langalibalele Municipality in the same district," he said.

News24 reported that Majola, an Inkatha Freedom Party councillor, was shot dead in an apparent hit on Friday night.

KZN police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said suspects had opened fire on Majola's vehicle travelling on the R103 at Hospital Hill in Estcourt.

Majola, who was driving, sustained multiple wounds and died on the scene.

According to Gwala, the two passengers in the car were rushed to hospital to be treated for injuries.

"It pains me to even try and understand what could cause people to embark on such a senseless deed against a representative of our people. This is indeed shocking. We are finding this difficult to comprehend," said Hlomuka.

He said violence against councillors was becoming a disturbing trend that required urgent attention.

He hoped that those responsible would be apprehended and brought to book.

GET THE NEWS at your fingertips and download the News24 app for Android here now. Get it for your iPhone here.

KEEP UPDATED on the latest news by subscribing to our FREE newsletter.

- FOLLOW News24 on Twitter

Read more on:    durban  |  assassination attempt  |  crime
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.