The fatal shooting of a member of the Inkatha Freedom Party is under investigation by the police. The party confirmed that the man was shot down in Estcourt in KwaZulu-Natal and is working with SAPS to learn more.
The Inkatha Freedom Party has confirmed that a member, a town councillor, was fatally shot in Estcourt in KwaZulu-Natal.
The province has long been gripped in the steely hand of political killings and although there hasn't been any confirmation of this, it is feared the killing of the councillor was politically-motivated.
The killing took place on Friday night, 16 August, Briefly.co.za learnt.
The IFP took to social media to give confirmation. Part of their statement read:
"We hereby confirm that earlier this evening [Friday] an IFP councillor was killed in the KZN Midlands. The party is in consultation with the South African Police Service, witnesses, and the bereaved family to establish the facts and circumstances of this killing."
It is expected that a full statement will be released soon. According to an IOL News report, the victim was arrested in 2018 for his alleged part of a plot to take out a political rival.
Escourt News reports that the victim was identified as Mthembeni Majola and that 2 other people were also injured during the incident.
Just a month ago, an ANC member was shot and killed in KwaZulu-Natal and it is believed to have been a political killing as well. Former eNdwedwe mayor, Maxwell Hadebe, died in 'a hail of bullets' outside the tavern he owned.
On 13 May, the Mail&Guardian reported that political killings are on the rise, after a member of ANC, who was believed to be a witness in the murder trial of the party’s Newcastle mayor, Dr Ntuthuko Mahlaba, was shot.
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