Thabiso Goba
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5 Aug 2022
13:56

Former eThekwini councillor killed in attempted hijacking

Thabiso Goba

At the time of his death Cele was in KwaMashu as part of a team tasked with the responsibility of updating people displaced by the recent floods.

Former eThekwini Municipality councillor, Mfanufikile Cele (57) was killed during an attempted hijacking in KwaMashu township, Durban.

The incident occurred on Thursday night, according to a statement released by Jomo Sibiya, MEC of Human Settlements and Public Works.

At the time of his death Cele, who was affectionately known as “snow”, was working as an administrative officer in the Anti-Land Invasion Unit within the provincial Human Settlements department.

Sibiya said Cele was in KwaMashu as part of a team tasked with the responsibility of updating people displaced by the recent floods about their relocation.

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“What saddens us most is that his departure is a depletion of a dedicated staff that has been ensuring speed and efficiency towards the rollout of human settlements for the victims of devastating floods we experienced in April,” said Sibiya.
 
“Critically, we remain concerned about the emotional trauma that our staff is experiencing as a result of harassments and bullying by rogue elements in various parts of the province, especially in eThekwini.”

Sibiya said his department will be withdrawing staff involved in the rollout of the Temporary Residential Units (TRU’s) until their safety is guaranteed. 

“There is an increasing number of different categories of staff who feel unsafe as they carry out their duties. It is clear to us now that unless something drastic is done, our staff who are involved in recovery efforts will continue to endure harassments from criminals who are also demanding tenders,” he said.

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Cele was a combatant within the anti-apartheid group, uMkhonto weSizwe.

He served in the Provincial  Executive Committee of the MKMVA in KwaZulu-Natal . He also served as a eThekwini Municipality Councillor until the 2016 municipal elections.