THE family of a slain KwaZulu-Natal councillor, who was affectionately known as "gogo" by her community and colleagues, have described her killers as "merciless and inhuman".
Federal Congress councillor, Thenjiwe Veronica Buthelezi, 66, was gunned down in her Madadeni, Newcastle, home on Sunday morning. Her death has been linked to the ongoing political rivalry between the IFP and the ANC in the Amajuba district municipality.
"I have just returned from the mortuary. I have never seen anything like that in my entire life. I still don't know what kind of animals would do such a thing to someone as old as my mother, "her only surviving daughter, Thulisile Buthelezi, said."
"She was such a sweet person and for her to die like this is horrible,"
Meanwhile, KwaZulu-Natal MEC for cooperative governance and traditional affairs, Nomusa Dube, has warned councillors in the Amajuba district municipality to resolve the instability in the muni-cipality as it threatens service delivery in the area.
"Our assessment on the non-performance of many municipalities, in particular Amajuba, which was completed last year, indicated that political rivalry was among factors that contributed to poor service delivery," Dube said.
"It is unfortunate that service delivery is impacted upon negatively. We will not tolerate anything that threatens the livelihood of our people. We have taken action in other municipalities. We will take action in Amajuba.
"Preliminary reports indicate that Buthelezi was killed by political rivals. We will wait for the police to finalise their investigation.
KwaZulu-Natal police appealed to Madadeni residents for information about Buthelezi's slaying
"At this stage the motive for Buthelezi's murder is unknown," director Phindile Radebe said.