Mine manager gunned down in suspected KZN hit 

By Sihle Mavuso

The procurement manager of Foskor Mining in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal has been shot dead in a suspected hit. 

Sifiso Ncube was killed on Monday 12 February while driving in the suburb of Meerensee in Richards Bay, shortly after leaving his workplace at about 5pm. 

According to voice notes circulated to the police after the incident, the middle-aged manager was killed by three men who used AK-47s to spray his car with bullets. 

Ncube’s killing has sparked fears at one of the biggest employers in KZN as it is suspected he was killed for tightening the screws on issuing tenders — closing the money taps for local business forums that are notorious for storming construction sites and demanding “protection fees”. 

The group manager for corporate affairs at Foskor, Vhontsia Ramashia, confirmed the shooting and said the company hoped justice would be done. 

“We are deeply saddened by this event … Foskor supports a thorough investigation being conducted by the security agencies, and for justice to prevail. Foskor extends its sincere condolences and sympathies to the deceased’s family, friends, colleagues and loved ones,” Ramashia said in a statement. 

The killing of senior managers of companies around Richards Bay is not new. In May 2021, the general manager of Rio Tinto’s Richards Bay Minerals, Nico Swart, was shot dead. He was also killed in Meerensee.

Pictured above: Police tape secures the crime scene.

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