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What’s happening in KZN?

Sihle Mavuso presents the latest news from KwaZulu-Natal.

Nongoma – Police have launched a manhunt for the killers of IFP councillor Ndukenhle Duma of Nongoma. He was killed on Wednesday at about 3 pm near Somkhele Mine in Mtubatuba in the north of the province. Duma was attending to one of his business vehicles when his killers pounced and opened fire. He died instantly. During the attack, a learner in a passing taxi was shot dead and two others were injured.

Pietermaritzburg – The disbanded leadership of the ANC Women’s League in KwaZulu-Natal says it will appeal Wednesday’s ruling by the league’s national office that nullified the results of its August 2023 conference and installed a task team to manage its affairs.

Vryheid – With 47% of the vote counted, the IFP successfully defended ward 8 in the Abaqulusi local municipality during a by-election on Wednesday. The party defeated the ANC (31%), the EFF (1%), and the newly launched uMkhonto Wesizwe Party (19%) backed by former president Jacob Zuma. The MK Party was contesting its first elections since it was endorsed by Zuma in Soweto on 16 December last year.

Ulundi – The NFP has asked South Africans to boycott this year’s State of the Nation address by President Cyril Ramaphosa. The party’s secretary general, Canaan Mdletshe, said the NFP is not expecting anything new or refreshing from the president’s speech on Thursday.

Umzimkhulu – Yet another screenshot has emerged with a distasteful comment by Ntando Maduna, a national executive committee member of the ANC Youth League. In it, Maduna who hails from Umzimkhulu in southern KwaZulu-Natal, rudely told a Facebook user who expressed her unhappiness with the ANC that she was born in a public hospital and her “ugly kids” and her grandmother are receiving social grants, implying that she should be grateful to the governing party. Earlier this week, Maduna mocked a former member of the ANC who left to join the MK Party by saying his home of mud houses needed an upgrade. He boasted that he had upgraded his parental home and moved into his own house, which is of a high standard.

Ladysmith – Inkosi Ntandoyenkosi Shabalala, the mayor of Uthukela district municipality in Ladysmith, has revealed the shocking news that the Dunlop Tyre Factory recently told the municipality that the water crisis in the area has forced them to consider closing down.

Dunlop is one of the biggest employers in the province. The crisis started about six years ago when money for water projects was misused, forcing the provincial government to place the municipality under administration.

Pictured above: IFP councillor murdered in Nongoma.

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