A former councillor of the African National Congress (ANC) Ntokozo Lithi Maphumulo has been shot dead.
Maphumulo’s life was cut short on Tuesday afternoon at his home in eMahlongwa, Umdoni Sub-Region, in KwaZulu-Natal province.
Although details about his killing are still sketchy, the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal, however, said in a statement that the gun men opened fire at the former councillor immediately he arrived him.
The killers who appeared to have been waiting for Maphumulo in his home used his vehicle as a getaway vehicle after he died. They later dumped the car not too far away from his home.
Ntokozo Lithi Maphumulo was a former Ward 10 councillor in the Umdoni Municipality and a former ANC Youth League Lower South Coast regional executive committee member.
The 41-year-old was instrumental in ANC’s win in the recent by-elections in the KwaZulu-Natal. A few years ago when he was a councillor, his house was burnt down. His life was once threatened, along with some other comrades but that did not deter him from serving his people.
Mdumiseni Ntuli, the spokesperson for the ANC in KZN also confirmed the death in a statement. He described the former Ward 01 councillor as a fearless cadre who served his community diligently and with integrity.
He called the police to hurry up with investigations in order to bring the perpetrators of the crime to book.
Meanwhile, the ANC has urged members of the public to assist the police with the information that could to lead to the arrest and successful prosecution of the attackers.
The party also extended its heartfelt condolences to Cde Maphumulo’s family, comrades and friends.
Political killings in KwaZulu-Natal has continued to rise rapidly in recent time. Last week, parliament’s portfolio committee on police heard that 23 cases involving politically-related killings were under investigation, 16 others were in court and that 59 arrests had been made.
The report was given by Acting Hawks boss Lieutenant-General Yolisa Matakata.