MEC Dube-Ncube mourns the passing of uMzimkhulu speaker

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube speaking at the Institute for Municipal Finance Officials conference attended by Mayors and Municipal Finance officials from across the country’s 257 municipalities at the Durban ICC on 04.10.16

KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Nomusa Dube-Ncube has expressed her condolences to the family and community of uMzimkhulu Council’s Speaker, Cllr Khaya Thobela, who was shot at in his home Thursday night.  Thobela succumbed to the multiple wounds in the early hours of the morning today.

Dube-Ncube has expressed shock at this brazen attack on Thobela which led to his death and reiterated her earlier statement that the ongoing spate of violence directed at elected public representatives, traditional leaders and municipal officials in KZN’s local government institutions must stop.

“The passing away of Cllr Thobela is a huge blow to our province’s democratic system of local government.   It is unacceptable that yet another councillor in the province has been murdered. We are outraged, angry and shocked at the killing of the Speaker of uMzimkhulu council.  Violence against councillors is deeply concerning.   We have worked very hard since to make KZN a peaceful province and we cannot allow this achievement to be reversed by criminal elements,” said Dube-Ncube.

“We call upon the community to remain calm during this difficult time and allow the law to take its cause.  We also call upon the leadership of the area to work together to ensure peace and stability in the area and resist any temptation to have premature conclusion”; said Dube-Ncube.

Dube-Ncube has also urged the law enforcement agencies to apprehend those responsible for Thobela’s death and called for members of the public to assist and support the police bringing those responsible for this heinous crime to justice.

For more information contact: KZN Cogta spokespersons Lennox Mabaso, 082 884 2403; or Msawakhe Mayisela, 060 966 4220