Once a prestigious job that came with massive political power, control of resources for wards and noble societal status, being a councillor in KZN has become riskier that being an underground mine worker who is exposed to toxic gases.
It is either you live to duck bullets every day or you lose your privacy and have to be followed by a swarm of heavily armed bodyguards wherever you go.
Although the killings have taken place in other parts of the country like the Eastern Cape, Gauteng and Limpopo, KZN, a province that is also believed to be the one supplying hitmen, is the epicentre of these killings.
Here are some of the most recent incidents of councillors being murdered:
Mthembeni Majola of Inkosi Langalibalele local municipality