KwaZulu Natal: The Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, has strongly condemned the killing of the DA Councillor for uMngeni Municipality Nhlalayenza Ndlovu and implored the police to act swiftly to arrest the criminals behind this gruesome act. Police reported that Councillor Ndlovu was gunned down in front of his children at his home in Mphophomeni township on Tuesday evening.
Premier Dube-Ncube has said that this is yet another incident of violence shining the spotlight on the killing of political leaders in KwaZulu-Natal, which should be condemned with the contempt it deserves.
“We simply will not allow our province to become a killing field, especially of politicians and traditional leaders. This is a direct attack on the centre that holds our communities together, which should serve as the last defence of all the people of our province. Those elected should be allowed the space and time to govern following elections. Attacks on politicians are invariably an attack on the very institutions which hold our democracy together and should never be countenanced,” said Premier Dube-Ncube.
In September, the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, released a report of the Inter-Ministerial Committee tasked to probe all political killings in KwaZulu-Natal, which has reported major advances against this deadly phenomenon.
The Premier said that given the arrests reported by the police, the government is making progress in ensuring that the murderous of political and traditional leaders end up behind bars, where they belong.
The Premier further stated that “As we send our condolences to the family of Councillor Ndlovu, we want to state that we have no doubt that the KwaZulu-Natal Police Commissioner General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi and his team will ensure that no stone is left unturned to locate the killers of Councillor Ndlovu,”
“As we go into the festive season holidays, we also wish to sound a stern warning to all criminals that there will be no place to hide, as all organs of the state working together with all the law-abiding members of our communities, will continue to narrow the space for all forms of criminality in order to make our province a safer place to live in,” concluded Premier Dube-Ncube.