KwaZulu-Natal Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube has called on the police to leave no stone unturned to catch the attackers and killers of councillors in the province.
The call follows the recent attack of National Freedom Party (NFP) Councillor Mphathiseni Manqele from Ward 4 in KwaNongoma, who was attacked by a suspected hitman.
The suspect was apprehended by the community members who handed him over to the police.
Manqele’s attack was followed hot on the heels by the murder of an African National Congress (ANC) Msunduzi Local Municipality Councillor, Mabhungu Mkhize, who was killed last Friday.
Speaking at the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature hybrid sitting on Thursday, Dube-Ncube said drastic measures need to be taken to curb the murder and attack of councillors in the province.
“The killings of councillors are senseless and barbaric, and have no place in our society. As government [we] are not going to tolerate such violence and will do all in our power to bring the perpetrators to justice.
“We call on the police to work swiftly so that the perpetrators are brought to justice. We also urge the communities to work with law enforcement authorities to prevent such crimes from happening,” Dube-Ncube said.
She conveyed condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Mkhize, and wished Councillor Manqele a speedy recovery.