IFP leader escapes armed ambush in KZN

Armed gunmen hiding in a bush allegedly fired gunshots at Mbuzeleni Mkhize’s vehicle as he was travelling in Rensburgdrift on Sunday.

Mixed feelings but gratitude for being alive are flowing through Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) Uthukela District Chairperson Mbuzeleni Mkhize, following an alleged assassination attempt on Sunday, reports Estcourt and Midlands News.

At about 6pm, Mbuzeleni Mkhize was travelling alone in his Toyota Fortuner from Weenen to Estcourt when he allegedly came under fire by unknown gunmen who were hiding in a nearby bush.

Mkhize said a colleague, who was travelling in a second vehicle, returned fire and this possibly “disturbed” the gunmen.

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One of the bullets that hit Mkhize’s vehicle.

“All we heard were gunshots. One of the bullets hit my vehicle but I am grateful to be alive,” said Mkhize.

A case of attempted murder was immediately opened at the Estcourt Police Station.

“I feel confused this morning. I can’t believe that there are people that plan to kill others. There is no reason why we are targets,” said Mkhize when speaking to the Estcourt News on Monday morning.

This alleged assassination attempt on Mkhize’s life comes less than a month after IFP leader Mthembeni Majola was shot and killed near Estcourt Hospital.

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