The Lwandle community is mourning the untimely death of Wanda Ndala, described as “passionate, energetic and humble” activist.
He was shot and killed while in the company of friends on Wednesday 17 March in Broadlands Park, Strand.
Ndala was gunned down at a time police were investigating the theft of his cellphone and wallet, and were searching for a suspect. The theft occurred on Sunday 15 March in Lwandle.
It is believed the deceased was driving around with three friends when a group of men opened fire on them. The incident happened around 22:10
WO Nicholas Beukes, Strand police spokesperson, said police are seeking the public’s assistance in bringing the three men to book.
“The deceased was apparently driving a blue Toyota Corolla in Strand with three friends, looking for a suspect who had stolen his cellphone and wallet on Sunday 15 March in Lwandle,” he related. “As they were driving they saw three men identified as coloured who then started shooting at them.
“The driver, the deceased, was shot twice in the chest and once in the lower stomach and lost control of the car. Of the three other occupants one tried to wrest control of the vehicle, but could not prevent it from crashing into a tree. All three were shot in the legs.”
Beukes added that the suspects fled the scene on foot in the direction of Lwandle.
Xolani Diniso, chair of the ANC’s Mxolisi Fatyela branch, told City Vision the office was devastated by the passing of Ndala.
He said the deceased had been involved in politics in the area since his youth.
“I knew him very well from the days of ANC Youth League, which he led,” he related. “He was very passionate about advancing youth development, especially in areas of sport and social. He was very humble and had ambitions to see this community developing.”
Ndala served as ANC Youth League Branch Secretary and chair of the Fatyela Branch. At the time of his death he was serving as an additional member of Mxolisi Fatyela branch executive.
On Sunday 21 March, Human Rights Day, a memorial drive through was held in his honour.
The community leader will be buried on Saturday 27 March at Ilinge township in Queenstown, Eastern Cape.
Police are investigating a case of murder and three attempted murders. The motive for the killing is still unknown, said Beukes.
Anyone who can assist the police with information is requested to contact the head of Strand detective branch D/Lt Col Franklin Plaatjies on 082 469 3359 or 021 854 9100.