Former Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, has called on political leaders in KwaZulu-Natal to work together to fight the scourge of political killings in the province.
“There is obviously a problem. This cannot carry on. I worked a lot in KZN [and] remember what it was like when councillors started being killed,” he said.
Mkhize was speaking at the funeral service of slain ANC eThekwini councillor, Minenhle Mkhize (40) in Richmond, on Saturday.
Minenhle was shot several times by unknown gunmen outside his home in Cliffdale, near Hillcrest.
Mkhize said Minenhle was his nephew and he had known him since he was a child.
He appealed to those who had knowledge of any political killings to start working with law enforcement agencies.
“However the biggest work that needs to be done is on the political side. We cannot have by-elections through murder. What are these problems that we cannot sit down and talk about them so that we have to bury our children every time?” he said.
Mkhize said he knew Minenhle as a hard-working public servant who joined the ranks of the ANC at a young age.
Mlekeleli Shozi, who played soccer with Minenhle for amateur local club Fasties FC, said the slain councillor was as committed to playing soccer as he was to his political career.
Shozi said he had a message for the person that killed Minenhle.
“I don’t know if you knew whether Minenhle was an only child, a breadwinner. Would you have changed your mind? You did not just take him, but you took a team-mate and a community member,” he said.
Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda of eThekwini Municipality said there was no doubt that KZN was the hotbed for political killings in the country.