Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize yesterday visited the home of Inkosi Manqoba Fred Mkhize to pay his respects, following the inkosi’s murder on Saturday night.
He was accompanied by the chairperson of the Provincial House of Traditional Leaders in KwaZulu-Natal, Inkosi Phathisizwe Chiliza, as well as politicians from the uMngeni Municipality, including Mayor Sizwe Sokhela.
The inkosi, who belonged to the Amambuzane Traditional Council in the uMngeni Municipality, along with his assistant, Nhlanhla Richard Dlomo, were gunned down on Saturday night at Mkhize’s home in Mpophomeni.
It is believed the two were sitting in the inkosi’s vehicle when unknown gunmen opened fire at them.
Speaking to The Witness after the visit, the mayor said that the inkosi was hard working and very focused. “He used to attend all the council meetings.”
Sokhela described him as being very quiet. “We never thought he would be murdered. He was leading the community in a very professional manner. He never quarrelled with anyone,” he said.
The mayor added that in January, Induna Richard Bonginkosi Dlomo of the Nxamalala Clan was shot dead at his home, which is also in the Mpophomeni area. He was shot 12 times and died at the scene of the ambush-style attack.
Sokhela said he is uncertain if the latest killing had anything to do with Dlomo’s murder. “It’s difficult to say who is responsible,” he added.