IFP councillor's body found

Themba Xulu was allegedly abducted from his home on Friday by five men posing as police officers.

Police tape closes off a crime scene. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Tensions were high in KwaZulu-Natal's KwaMashu area on Sunday, following the discovery of body of a local Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) councillor.

Themba Xulu was allegedly abducted from his home on Friday by five men posing as police officers.

The police's Jay Naicker said Xulu's body was found by people collecting mushrooms in a sugar cane field on the outskirts of Durban on Sunday morning.

He said Xulu sustained multiple gunshot wounds and that his body shows early signs of decomposition.

"At this stage we cannot confirm the exact time of death.

"We've deployed additional police re-inforcements to the KwaMashu men's hotel, just to ensure the area is calm."

On Saturday Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa addressed thousands of KwaMashu residents, where tensions have been high since Xulu's arrest over the attempted murder of a member of an IFP breakaway organisation, the National Freedom Party.