Lethiwe Makhanya
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13 Jul 2022

Updated | Former Pietermaritzburg councillor survives hit

Lethiwe Makhanya

Thamsanqa Sithole said he believes that the people who attacked him wanted him dead.

Sithole’s car was riddled with bullets after he survived an attempt on his life

A former ward 17 councillor in Msunduzi, Pietermaritzburg, is lucky to be alive after he survived an assassination attempt on Monday afternoon.

Thamsanqa Sithole from Imbali Unit BB, whose term ended last year, was attacked by unknown men while he was driving on Willowfountain Road.

The incident happened at around 4 pm.

He managed to flee without any injuries during the attack.

Speaking to The Witness on Tuesday, Sithole said he believes that the people who attacked him wanted him dead. At the time of the shooting he was driving home.

Initially I was going to the car wash that is on Willowfountain Road but there was a long queue there so I just stopped to speak to the owner and left. I think these people were following me and when I stopped at the car wash they decided to go wait for me by Willowfountain School

Sithole said a number of unknown men just came out of nowhere and started shooting at the Toyota Etios he was driving.

“Everything happened so fast. I remember I saw men running and one of them came in front of the car. I thought maybe they were running away from something, then I saw the one that was in the front shooting at me.

“There were others who were also shooting from the sides. I managed to drive off, without any injuries. My car has about 10 bullet holes. This whole thing happened while people were watching because there was even a taxi that was offloading passengers at the time.”

Sithole said he did not know why he was being attacked and he hoped that the police would be able to find those responsible for trying to kill him.

He said he had opened a case at the Plessislaer Police Station.

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“I am no longer a councillor and I am not involved in politics now, I do not know why someone would want me killed. I do not even have enemies that I know off. From now on I do not know what is going to happen but I am definitely not going to run away from home because of this incident. In as much as I am concerned about my safety I am not going to leave my home or go into hiding.”

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Constable Thenjiswa Ngcobo confirmed the incident. She said a case of attempted murder was opened at Plessislaer and the matter is under investigation.