MEDIA STATEMENT: KZN COGTA MEC MOURNS FORMER MAYOR OF NDWEDWE AND INKOSI NTULI OF KWAMAPHUMULO
21 June 2019
KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Sipho Hlomuka has learned with great shock and sadness of the senseless murder of the former Mayor of Ndwedwe local municipality, Cllr Maxwell Hadebe, who was gunned down last night by unknown assailants.
Hadebe served as mayor of Ndwedwe during the period of 2011 and 2016, and led the municipality with distinction by setting a solid foundation for service delivery in this deeply rural region of KZN.
According to reports, Hadebe was gunned down by unknown assailants near his business operation area.
“We are shocked and saddened by brutl killing of the former Mayor, who remained a community activist and contributed his ideas in support of other councilors even though he was no longer a councilor. We call upon the law enforcement agencies to uncover the perpetrators of these heinous crimes,” said Hlomuka.
“His senseless murder has resulted in a great loss for the sphere of local government as Hadebe was a true servant of the people. He dedicated his life to the service of his community and left no stone unturned in his efforts to ensure that adequate services were rendered to Ndwedwe residents,” said Hlomuka.
PASSING OF INKOSI NTULI
MEC Hlomuka has also extended heartfelt condolences to the family and community of Mkhonto/Khoza Traditional Council in Maphumulo local municipality whose leader Inkosi John Mbhekeni Ntuli (72) passed away yesterday following a long illness.
“As a department, we join the institution of traditional leadership in KZN in mourning the loss of this great leader who was a pillar of strength and a unifier in his community. Inkosi Ntuli’s death leaves a gaping void that will be difficult to fill within the institution of traditional leaders,” said Hlomuka who has also dispatched departmental senior officials to comfort and assist the grieving family during this difficult time.
For more information contact: KZN Cogta spokespersons Lennox Mabaso, 082 884 2403; or Senzelwe Mzila, 082 474 1882
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