3 KZN ANC councillors shot ahead of regional conference

A car with an unknown number of occupants opened fire on the trio who were at a local shop in the Ibisi village.

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DURBAN - Three KwaZulu-Natal African National Congress (ANC) councillors from the Umzimkhulu area have been shot ahead of the region's conference where new leaders are expected to be elected.

A car with an unknown number of occupants opened fire on the trio who were at a local shop in the Ibisi village.

The shooting comes after the region's Speaker Khaya Thobela was gunned down in April in what’s believed to be a battle for political positions.

At the same time, in the nearby town of Richmond, the municipal manager, deputy mayor and a councillor have also been murdered in less than two months.

Umzimkhulu ANC councillors Nonstikelelo Mafa, Jabu Mzizi and former ANC Youth League secretary Sindiso Magaqa are recovering in hospital after surviving an assassination attempt.

Provincial ANC spokesperson Mdumiseni Ntuli says that it is difficult to tell if this is linked to the upcoming regional conference in the area. He says the attacks have raised concerns.

Umzimkhulu falls under the Harry Gwala region, which is also seen as presidential hopeful Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma's stronghold.

In recent times, the former AU chairperson has had a local municipality in the region named after her.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)