An African National Congress (ANC) councillor has been shot dead outside his home in the Khula village near St Lucia in northern KwaZulu-Natal on Monday 25 May.
The councillor, Philip Mkhwanazi, is understood to have been waiting for two men to repair his car outside his home at 11:00 when he came under fire from unknown assailants who reportedly shot him over 20 times.
Mkhwanazi was also a business owner in the area and served as an Induna, or headman, in the village.
Police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said that he had been standing under a tree when the gunfire began, with the repair men running for cover and emerging unharmed.
“He was near his house watching two people who were repairing his car.
Two unknown men approached him and said they wanted a proof of residence document and said that they wanted to open an account at the bank,” she said.
“The men then pretended as if they were leaving but then suddenly turned around and opened fire on the victim.”
“He died on the scenes with multiple bullets wounds. Suspects took deceased’s cellphone,” she said.
“There is a murder case now opened for investigation, no arrests have yet been made,” she said.
Mkhwanazi is a celebrated member of the community, having made great strides in providing entrepreneurial education to underprivileged people in the area.
He also headed one of only five majority black-owned licensed tour operations in iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
He is the latest politician to be killed in the province after former IFP Councillor and Dukuduku community leader, Thengezakhe Maphanga, was gunned down only three weeks ago on Saturday 2 May