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Murder of Richmond deputy mayor leaves KZN reeling

Deputy Mayor Thandazile Phoswa was shot in the head in the early hours of Monday morning.

Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN – The KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province is reeling from shock following the murder of yet another Richmond executive.

Deputy Mayor Thandazile Phoswa was shot in the head in the early hours of Monday morning.

This is the second killing in the small town in just over a month after Richmond Municipal Manager Sibusiso Sithole was gunned down by two unknown men.

The regional African National Congress leadership has visited the slain deputy mayor's home to pay their condolences.

Speaker of the Richmond council Samora Ndlovu says Phoswa's boyfriend has been taken into custody.

“It’s hard to tell at the moment because the incident of the late municipal manager is different from this. In this one there are just a few things that are fishy. She was murdered at her home, but they decided to take her to town.”

KZN community safety MEC Mxolisi Kaunda has appealed for calm in the province while authorities continue with their investigations.

Spokesperson Sipho Khumalo said: “The police are on high alert. One person has been arrested as a suspect. We call for calm and restraint from the people of Richmond. We are indeed very worried that quite a number of people have been killed in this town, and there has not been much success in arresting people.”

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)