Assassins ‘asked for help’ before slaying traditional leader

By Celani Sikhakhane

Induna Squmfe David Mkhize became the third traditional leader in KwaZulu-Natal to be killed in the space of a week when he was assassinated in broad daylight on Monday.

Mkhize’s friend, Induna Gobizizwe Makhanya, believes that his death was clearly the work of hired killers.

“Hitmen came to his home while he was just relaxing with his family,” Makhanya told Scrolla.Africa.

“They asked him for help but claim that they need him to accompany them to their vehicle because they are driving with an old man who can’t walk.

Being a charitable man, Makhanya said, Mkhize “agreed and walked with them to that vehicle. They turned against him and shot him in the head several times.”

Makhanya, who is himself a traditional headman, fears for his fellow leaders, who are being killed at an alarming rate.


“This is really scary and we don’t know how this plethora will end with the killing of traditional leaders in this province.”

Mkhize and Makhanya led the regiments of King Misuzulu kaZwelithini from the South of Durban to commemorate the 1879 Battle of Isandlwana known as Anglo-Zulu War in Nquthu in January.

Mkhize was also known for his traditional dancing style which always caught the eyes of many during the Zulu Royal ceremonies.

His murder occurred after the assassination of Inkosi Zwelakhe Ndaba from KZN Midlands in Escourt on Friday.

Before him, another traditional leader, Inkosi Walter Ngcono, was gunned down at his home in Umgababa earlier in the week.

Mkhize’s family could not be reached for comments.

Police spokesperson Colonel Robert Netshiunda said the investigation is still underway but no arrests have been made so far.

Pictured above: iNduna Squmfe Davide Mkhize from eMbumbulu, South of Durban, was murdered on Monday by unknown killers

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