Durban - The IFP Women's Brigade chairwoman for Durban's Ward 40 was shot dead outside her home in KwaMashu, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Friday.

Police spokesman Thulani Zwane confirmed the death of Nonhlanhla Biyela, 32, at the KwaMashu hostel. The motive for the killing was unknown. Police did not know yet who shot her.

Inkatha Freedom Party provincial leader Blessed Gwala said: “What we know is that the chairperson of the IFP Women's Brigade in Ward 40 was shot dead last night (Thursday) after a memorial service held by NFP members.”

On Monday night, a woman, who was a member of the National Freedom Party, was shot dead at the KwaMashu hostel. This was preceded by a shooting over the weekend where two NFP members were wounded.

The ward is the only ward the IFP holds in the eThekwini municipality since the IFP's then chairwoman Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi left the party in March 2011 to form the NFP.

Gwala called for calm in the wake of the killings.

“Our message is that people must stop killing, whether it is for politics or for crime. We call on IFP members not to act in retaliation,” he said. - Sapa