MEC calls for calm after Inchanga killings

2016-08-22 16:48

Durban – KwaZulu-Natal Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Mxolisi Kaunda has called for calm in Inchanga, outside Durban, following the killing of two people in the past 24 hours.

Kaunda visited the area, which is a political hotspot and also home to outgoing eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo, on Monday.

Nsiki Blose, 40, a well known SACP member, was shot and killed on Sunday afternoon, allegedly in full view of residents.

It is alleged that she was killed by a person aligned to the ANC.

In what was believed to be a revenge attack, a member of the ANC, Xolani Ngcobo, was shot and stoned to death on Monday morning, allegedly by SACP members.

Police were on high alert in the area after several houses were set alight and commuters were left stranded as taxis and buses stopped operating, after residents blockaded the roads with burning tyres in protest at the killings.

Inchanga's Ward 4 was highly contested in the lead-up to the 2016 local government elections. The ward was won by SACP-aligned Malombo Nxumalo, an independent candidate who is also a relative of the outgoing mayor.

Provincial task team investigating murders

Kaunda said he was concerned by the deaths of the two community members.

"We have been told that a female was killed after a fight ensued inside a tavern and that a male was shot and killed by a mob on Monday morning."

He said the department was aware that there had been a stand-off between groups of supporting the SACP and those supporting the ANC, but appealed for the matter to be handled sensitively.

"We need to give police the space to do their work without fear or favour. We are pleased to hear that two people who were involved in Sunday’s incident have been arrested and we are hoping for a breakthrough in this morning's case."

Kaunda met with the police, leaders of the SACP and the ANC in the area in a bid to restore order.

"It is extremely disturbing to witness such brutal incidents. The killing of two people is unacceptable and we condemn it in the strongest terms.

"Police are maintaining a strong presence in the area and more deployments have been made to ensure visibility on the ground and we urge the people of Inchanga to work and co-operate with the police. The post-election violence has no place in our society.

"We are pleased that police have been able to arrest 42 suspects for public violence in the area," said Kaunda.

The investigation into the two murders has been taken over by the police's provincial task team. 

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