FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
04 July 2023*
MEC SITHOLE-MOLOI EXPRESSES HER CONDOLENCES AND CONCERN FOLLOWING THE TRAGIC DEATH OF CLLR MKHWANAZI OF UMKHANYAKUDE DISTRICT.
*Pietermaritzburg – It is with profound sadness and deep regret that we learned of the tragic and untimely death of Councillor Innocent Mkhwanazi, who was killed in Mtubatuba on Monday.
As the KwaZulu-Natal Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Councillor Mkhwanazi during this incredibly difficult time.Councillor Mkhwanazi’s sudden and brutal loss is not only a personal tragedy for his loved ones but also a devastating blow to the community he served.
His dedication and commitment to public service were evident in the significant contributions he made towards the development and progress of uMkhanyakude District Municipality.We mourn the loss of a valued public servant who dedicated his life to the betterment of his community.
This distressing incident comes just a week after another Councillor, JF Myaka, was tragically killed in Umhlathuze Municipality. The recent spate of attacks on councillors is deeply alarming and threatens the stability of our municipalities.
These acts of violence not only rob communities of dedicated leaders but also undermine the principles of democracy and hinder our collective efforts towards socio-economic development.
We express our concern over the increasing number of attacks on councillors. It is a stark reminder of the dangers that public servants face while fulfilling their responsibilities. We must stand united in condemning these heinous acts and work together to put an end to this scourge.
As the department, we call upon the affected communities, political parties, and all stakeholders to collaborate closely with law enforcement agencies to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice.
It is crucial that we foster an environment of trust, where individuals feel safe to engage in political activities without fear of violence or intimidation.
Let us remember Councillor Mkhwanazi as a dedicated public servant who worked tirelessly for the betterment of his community.
May his legacy inspire us to redouble our efforts in promoting peace, unity, and respect within our municipalities.
Issued by MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Bongiwe Sithole-Moloi