The deputy mayor of the Richmond Local Municipality, in KwaZulu-Natal province Thandazile Phoswa has died.
Phoswa died on Sunday night at her home in the Endaleni area after a fatal gunshot believed to have been fired by her boyfriend.
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While details of the deputy mayor’s gruesome murder are still sketchy, BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that Phoswa’s estranged boyfriend – a bodyguard at the uMshwathi municipality – has handed himself over to police and that the police reportedly seized the murder weapon.
Weighing in, Police spokesperson, Nqobile Gwala confirmed the murder. She said: “At this stage, the members are still busy at the scene. It is still unknown what charge will be opened because the circumstances are still being investigated.”
In a statement, the city expressed sadness at the devastating news, stating that the deputy mayor’s death has swelled their pain.
“The municipality is devastated. We have just lost a municipal manager a month ago. We hope the police do their work. We condemn this senseless murder regardless of who committed it‚” said council spokesman Sibonelo Bhengu.
Sadly, Phoswa’s death comes barely one month after the municipality’s manager‚ Sibusiso Sithole‚ was gunned down in an apparent hit.
39-year-old Sithole was gunned down on Victoria Street on a Monday morning while driving to his office.
Multiple reports had it that his killers posed as police officers and pulled him over as he was driving to the office. He was subsequently shot by two unknown gunmen in a maroon Toyota Corolla as he was opening the door of his vehicle.
He was shot four times through the passenger side window before the gunmen fled the scene in a car. He was driving without his bodyguards.
President Zuma described Sithole’s death at the time as tragic. He expressed concern about the ANC losing competent people who could provide services to residents.
Community Safety MEC Mxolisi Kaunda’s spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane also called on the police to assemble a team that will focus on this case, with a view of speeding up the investigation and making a breakthrough soon.