Eshowe - A councillor of the EFF in the politically volatile province of KwaZulu-Natal has been shot dead.
The killing took place in the northern KwaZulu-Natal town of Mkuze on Thursday morning.
According to sources from the area, he died on the spot after his assailant opened fire while he was running errands.
The councillor's identity will only be revealed after his family has been informed.
BREAKING NEWS: A councillor of the EFF in the politically volatile Umkhanyakude District Municipality in northern KwaZulu-Natal has been shot dead. The councillor was shot dead at Mkuze a few hours ago. His name will be withheld until his family has been notified. @DailyNewsSA— Sihle Mavuso (@ZANewsFlash) June 2, 2022
“They opened fire and left him dead. We have no idea why they would do something like this to a councillor whose party is not in power,” said the source who told the Daily News about the incident.
He was part of the decision-making executive committee (exco) of the uMkhanyakude District Municipality where the ANC and the IFP are engaging in a crippling struggle for political power.
Leader of the EFF in KwaZulu-Natal, Vusi Khoza, said they had been informed of the incident and had since dispatched a team to verify the information.
Once verified, Khoza said, they will issue a formal statement with comprehensive information about the gruesome incident.
KwaZulu-Natal is a political killing hotspot.
Earlier this week, an ANC councillor in eThekwini, Muzi Ngiba, was arrested for allegedly killing his predecessor, Siyabonga Mkhize.