By Siboniso Mawandla
An African National Congress (ANC) councillor, Kwaziwakhe Mkhize has been shot and killed at Mkhambathi Municipality.
The killing of a ward councillor on Wednesday has sparked fears that political violence is spreading to the party’s Moses Mabhida region despite a commission into the killings of councillors in the province underway.
It is believed that Mkhize was coming from a ward meeting when the shooting took place.
KwaZulu-Natal bears the brunt of political killings especially this year, as the governing ANC gears for its elective conference in December.
There have also been killings of members of other parties such as the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), the SA Communist Party (SACP) and the National Freedom Party (NFP) in the province.
A commission of inquiry into the killing of politicians in KwaZulu-Natal, chaired by Advocate Marumo Moerane, was announced by provincial Premier Willies Mchunu in March.
Vasu Gounden and Professor Cheryl Potgieter are commissioners and Solomuzi Mdledle is secretary of the commission.
Lawyers Bheki Manyathi and Michelle Andile Ngqanda were appointed as evidence leaders. The commission, based in Mayville, started its work in March.
At the time of the establishment of the commission, Mchunu said records showed that 12 members of the ANC, three members of the IFP, three members of the NFP and two SACP members had been murdered in recent months.
Kaunda condemned the murder of elected public representatives.