uMvoti traffic official gunned down

2018-11-05 10:47
Umvoti’s senior traffic officer Thobani ‘TM’ Ndaba was gunned down in his office on Thursday evening.

Umvoti’s senior traffic officer Thobani ‘TM’ Ndaba was gunned down in his office on Thursday evening.

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MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nomusa Dube-Ncube has condemned the murder of the acting director for community services at the uMvoti Municipality.

The senior traffic officer, Thobani “TM” Ndaba, who grew up in Pietermaritzburg, was attacked by unknown gunmen in his office in Greytown on Thursday evening.

According to the uMvoti spokesperson, Phindile Phungula, Ndaba was leaving an official municipal meeting when he was shot.

Dube-Ncube said that Ndaba’s murder was an attack on the rule of law in the country as criminal elements continued to destabilise the institution of local government.

“As a province, we will not succumb to these criminal elements, we urge communities to come forward with information that will lead to the arrest of the perpetrators of this heinous crime,” said Dube-Ncube.

She said the province had lost yet another dedicated public servant whose wealth of experience and knowledge benefited the people.

“We call upon the law enforcement agencies to leave no stone unturned in their search for the criminals responsible for this murder.”

Phungula said Ndaba joined uMvoti in 2011 as a traffic officer, examining drivers licences and motor vehicles, “being a hardworking and dedicated employee, he worked his way up to manager [for] public safety in 2015”.

The former pupil at Siqongweni High School, in Edendale, previously worked as a provincial inspector for the Road Traffic Inspectorate.

“His absence will be greatly felt by all he crossed paths with,” she said.

“We pass our deepest condolences, especially to his wife and their two young children, as well as his family at large.

“As an institution and the public at large, we have lost a dedicated public servant.”

A case of murder was opened at Greytown police station for investigation. No arrests had been made at the time of publication.

In 2016, Msunduzi’s chief traffic officer Pumla Dlamini was gunned down at his office on Washington Road.

One of Dlamini’s junior officers, Sifiso Hlengwa, was charged with his murder. He is out on bail.

The trial began last year but has been adjourned several times due to Hlengwa’s challenges with the appointment of his legal team.

• nokuthula.ntuli@witness.co.za

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