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Zimasa Mgwili
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28 Jan 2019
8:59 am

KZN ANC councillor faces murder charge

Zimasa Mgwili

The councillor is allegedly implicated in a mob justice attack that took place in KZN earlier this month.

The late Sithandiwe Gugulethu Masabala, who was killed during a mob justice attack.

An ANC councillor from Umdoni in KwaZulu-Natal has been accused of murder, following the death of a man during a mob attack in the Kwa-Joni area at Ovumaneni village near Scottburgh earlier this month, reports South Coast Herald.

According to community members, Sithandiwe Gugulethu Msabala, popularly known as ‘Tende’, had been visiting the village from Dududu when the councillor questioned him after Msabala was seen hanging around with a group of men accused of robbing a local shop owner.

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It is believed the councillor, who was in the area to encourage people to attend the ANC’s rally at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, then used his vehicle to take Msabala to face the wrath of the community.

There, Msabala was reportedly assaulted and suffocated. He was buried at his home last Saturday.

Now Msabala’s friends say they want justice.

“Councillors should know that they are not a law unto themselves. Our friend was a builder by profession and he would not have robbed anyone,” said one.

According to provincial police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala, a murder case has been opened.

“The councillor in question was arrested. He appeared in court last Friday and was granted R2 000 bail.”

Captain Gwala said investigations were ongoing.

ANC Lower South Coast Region spokesperson Lindo Mzimela said the ANC was shocked by these allegations, and had instituted an internal investigation.

“The ANC respects the rule of law and understands that since this matter is in front of the courts, we will respect the process and its outcome.”

Mzimela added the party was saddened by the incident, and condemned the criminal element that led to this ‘regrettable situation’.

“We hope justice is swiftly served but we also firmly believe in the principle of innocent until proven guilty.”

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