Thando Mgaga
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9 Jun 2009

ANC councillor killed in Greytown

Thando Mgaga

AN ANC councillor in the IFP-led Umzinyathi District Municipality (Dundee) was shot and killed near his party’s office on Sunday night....

AN ANC councillor in the IFP-led Umzinyathi District Municipality (Dundee) was shot and killed near his party’s office on Sunday night.

Thembinkosi Malunga (44) was fatally wounded behind the ANC’s Bhambatha Region offices in Voortrekker Street in Greytown.

ANC acting provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala yesterday condemned the killing. Zikalala said that the ANC are shocked and saddened by the death of Malunga, who was also a regional executive committee member of the party.

Zikalala said Malunga had been at the ANC’s offices doing organisational work when he was ambushed while standing outside the offices.

“His cruel death has robbed the ANC of an aspiring leader who served the ANC with distinction. It is clear that the killing of Comrade Malunga was planned well in advance as it seems that his killers had followed his movements and whereabouts on the day,” he said.

Zikalala said the ANC are concerned about the recent killings that have taken place in Greytown and called for the immediate intervention of the MEC for Community Safety and Liaison Bheki Cele to ensure that these killings are properly and thorougly investigated and the perpetrators brought to book.

The ANC expressed its deepest condolences to the family, relatives and friends of Malunga, said Zikalala. Provincial and regional leadership visited the family and the community in the area who have also expressed concern at the recent killings. “We … call upon our people to remain calm and allow the police to investigate this matter,” said Zikalala.

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said when police arrived at the scene, Malunga was lying in a pool of blood outside his home, which was next to the official ANC offices in Voortrekker Street. Malunga had been shot several times in his upper body.

Further investigations established that he had arrived home shortly before he was shot and fatally wounded, said Budhram.

“His girlfriend, who was inside the room at the time, alleges that she heard [Malunga] arrive. Shortly thereafter, she heard several gunshots and the deceased screaming. She locked the door of the room and contacted the police,” said Budhram.

At this stage, the killers are unknown and the motive has not yet been established.

Sources who spoke on condition of anonymity told The Witness that Malunga’s murder could have been carried out by the IFP in retaliation for the murder of Umvoti (Greytown) Municipality councillor Ntuthuko Ngcobo, who was ambushed on his way home two weeks ago.

Another possible motive is that he could have been gunned down by his competitors in the catering Turn to page 2