KZN politicians are living in fear as a result of the believe that public representatives in the province are being targeted and killed.
The fear has escalated with the murder of an ANC councillor at a community meeting in southern KwaZulu-Natal.
Hawks confirmed that the ANC Councillor, Ace Houston (58) was killed in Ghost Town near Harding.
Speaking for hawks, Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo related that a 31-year-old man was also injured during the attack. He added that Hawks is yet to identify the motive of the crime and that no arrest has been made.
Reacting to Houston’s murder, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, KZN’s Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) MEC lamented that the area is fast becoming a hotspot for the killing of councillors.
Dube-Ncube was quoted to have said:
“We are deeply concerned that Umuziwabantu is becoming a hotspot for the killing of councillors and is becoming a place where no elected public representative is now safe.
“…This senseless violence on public representatives must stop and law enforcement agencies must restore order and peace in this municipality without delay.”
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that Mr Ace was a councillor in Ward 3 of uMuziwabantu Local Municipality.
He was shot dead by an unknown assailant in the presence of about 60 community members while he was addressing a community meeting on housing-related matters.
ANC divulged that Houston is the second public representative murdered in the District and the fifth ANC comrade to be killed in KwaZulu-Natal since July.
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MEC Dube-Ncube charged crime fighters to bring the perpetrators of the heinous crime to book.
Also, she pleaded with members of the public to come forward with any information that may lead to apprehending those responsible.
“We are urging all political parties, civil society organisation and the community to play an active role in instilling discipline and in fostering a climate of peace in our municipalities,” added MEC Dube-Ncube.