FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
30 July 2023
MEC SITHOLE-MOLOI CALLS FOR JUSTICE FOLLOWING THE TRAGIC DEATH OF COUNCILLOR NTOMBENHLE MCHUNU OF NONGOMA MUNICIPALITY
Pietermaritzburg – As the KwaZulu-Natal’s Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, we express our heartfelt condolences in the wake of the devastating loss of Councillor Ntombenhle Mchunu of Nongoma Local Municipality.
With profound sadness, we received preliminary reports indicating that Cllr Mchunu was brutally attacked and tragically killed in her home in KaSishwili, Bhethani area, on the outskirts of Nongoma during the early hours of Sunday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mchunu family, friends, colleagues, and the entire council of Nongoma during this challenging time. We also extend our best wishes for a swift and full recovery to her grandson, who is recuperating from critical injuries sustained during the incident.
The frequency of such heinous attacks on councillors across the province is of grave concern. As the department we urgently call upon all law enforcement agencies to take immediate action and effectively combat this scourge. Although the motive behind Cllr Mchunu’s attack remains unknown, we implore all political parties in Nongoma Municipality to demonstrate tolerance and cooperate with the police in their efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Our democracy relies on the resilience and commitment of leaders like Cllr Mchunu, and her tragic loss leaves a void that will be deeply felt by the entire community.
Cllr Mchunu was a respected figure within the council, and her contributions were pivotal in strengthening democracy.
With the investigation underway, we urge the police to leave no stone unturned in uncovering the motive behind this brutal killing and ensuring that the perpetrators are brought to justice.
As the department we stand in solidarity with the people of Nongoma during this difficult time of mourning and healing.
Let us unite against violence and work together to create a peaceful environment where our leaders can serve their communities without fear.
Issued by Bongiwe Sithole-Moloi, MEC for KwaZulu-Natal Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs