MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube Expresses Shock At Untimely Death Of Richmond Deputy Mayor

KZN Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) has taken the drastic step of using its constitutional prerogative to dissolve the Nquthu municipal council elected during last year’s local government elections because of its protracted failure to elect office bearers, including a mayor and a speaker, due to political infighting. Cogta MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube made the announcement to members of the media in the press briefing at Mayville in Durban on 12.02.17


KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Nomusa Dube-Ncube, is urging the law enforcement agencies to investigate the cause of death of Richmond’s deputy mayor Thandazile Phoswa, who died from a gun-related injury on Sunday night.

“We are shocked by this untimely death which comes only a few weeks after the killing of the municipal manager at the same municipality. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and the constituency of the deceased deputy mayor,” said KZN MEC for Cogta Nomusa Dube-Ncube.

Even though the cause of the deputy mayor is unknown, KZN Cogta has repeatedly expressed its concerns about the killing of public officials including councillors, municipal officials and traditional leaders, since the 2016 local government elections.

“It is important that we get to the bottom of this latest untimely death and while the law enforcement agencies investigate, we urge members of the Richmond community to remain calm,” said Dube-Ncube.

For more information contact: KZN Cogta spokesperson Lennox Mabaso, 082 884 2403 Msawakhe Mayisela 0609664220

03 April 2017.