KZN MEC for Cooperative governance and traditional Affairs in KwaZulu-Natal, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, has roundly condemned what appears to be an attempted torching of Mpofana Mayor Xolani Duma’s house by unknown assailants on Monday night. The Mayor and his family were treated in hospital for smoke inhalation.
The assailants reportedly stormed Mayor Duma’s home in the early hours of the morning while he was asleep inside with his family including a one-year old child. Tyres were burnt in front of the house and the occupants struggled to get out as smoke was coming inside.
“As Cogta, we condemn this act of cowardice directed at an elected public representative in the strongest language and we urge the law enforcement agencies to investigate this incident without delay,” said KZN MEC for Cogta Nomusa Dube-Ncube.
KZN Cogta has repeatedly condemned recent attacks on public representatives in local government and traditional institutions, some of which have resulted in casualties. The department views violence against councillors and amakhosi as completely unacceptable and a direct attack on democratic society.
We call upon the police to investigate this incident speedily and leave no stone unturned.
Media enquiries: KZN Cogta spokespersons Lennox Mabaso, 082 884 2403; or Msawakhe Mayisela, 060 966 4220