IFP members shot in Kwamashu

One of the two men died, the other was wounded. No arrests had been made. A case of murder and attempted murder had been opened.

Two Inkatha Freedom Party members were shot outside the office of a councillor in Durban's KwaMashu township, police said on Tuesday.

The shooting took place in Musa Road, in A-section of Kwamashu, around 9am on Monday morning, police spokesman Colonel Jay Naicker said.

One of the two men died, the other was wounded. No arrests had been made. A case of murder and attempted murder had been opened.

The IFP's provincial caucus leader Blessed Gwala said in a statement that the shooting happened at Ward 39 councillor Sakhi Ngcamu's office.

Ngcamu replaced ward councillor Themba Xulu, who was abducted in October last year, from his house in Musa Road. His bullet-riddled body was later found in a cane field in Durban's outlying Inanda area.

Gwala said the attack was the second on the newly-elected councillor.

"On Saturday our newly-elected Ward 39 councillor was attacked by unknown men while he was engaging with some of his community members.

"In this incident one person was injured while others managed to escape. Today we have received a report that a person was shot and killed and one was left injured while they were at the councillor's office. This is totally unacceptable and we are against any type of violence," he said.

The area was plagued by violence ahead of the by-election that saw Ngcamu elected on December 6. A number of IFP members were killed and a journalist's car was torched. There had been tensions between the IFP and the breakaway National Freedom Party in the province.

Gwala questioned why councillors from the ruling African National Congress received bodyguards paid for by the eThekwini metro municipality, but the IFP did not.

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