Ladysmith: This morning we learned with shock and sadness of the assassination of Inkosi Maxwell Mandlakayise Nxumalo (71), who resides in ward 32 Nazareth area under the Alfred Duma Local Municipality in the uThukela District Municipality.
Inkosi was shot dead in the early hours of this morning.
We wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to the family of Inkosi and the communities under the Nxumalo Traditional Council.
We call upon law enforcement agencies to apprehend those that are responsible for this act of cowardice.
The department of Cogta has been actively engaged with the issue of safety concerns raised by Amakhosi. We have been working together with law enforcement agencies and sister departments to come up with ways of dealing with concerns raised by amakhosi.
We have also noted the work being done by law enforcement agencies to apprehend those that are responsible for the attacks on amakhosi and izinduna.
The institution of traditional leadership within our province is resilient and will not be shaken by the challenges that have been thrust upon it.
Issued by the MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Sipho Hlomuka