The IFP calls on the police to work around the clock to apprehend the criminals involved in the botched assassination attempt on Mr Aubrey Baardman known as Mtolo who serve as a councillor at the KwaDukuza Municipality and as an executive member at the Ilembe District Council.

We are shocked about this incident where our councillor survived the attack and managed to drive to safety despite being wounded in the neck in a shooting in which his wife and two children (age 11 years and 15 months respectively) were also injured. Councillor Mtolo informed the party that gunmen opened fire on the family’s vehicle while they were driving from home just 200m away while joining another road in Ward 5, in Lindelani.

We want the police and the Hawks to be thorough in their investigation and leave no stone unturned in this matter and ensure that justice is served. Members of the community who have information about this assassination attempt are urged to come forward and assist the police in their investigations.

The investigation must expose all the details, including those who gave the order to kill, those who conspired to have the councillor killed, the suppliers of the guns and if there is any money that was offered to have Baardman killed. Crime has no place within our society and Baardman’s family do not need to live in fear with the alleged killers walking and living amongst them.

The tragic deaths of many men, women and children in the country, killed every day by illegal firearms, is the high price of failing to halt the spread of those weapons. Once again, the IFP is calling on government to stand up and eradicate illegal guns used by criminals to commit crime. Disarmament initiatives by the government in the country have not yielded the desired results. Government must come up with raft measures in its effort to address the matter, which is a threat to national security. Organized criminal groups still pose a challenge to the country’s national security.

More efforts are needed:  the death, mayhem and destruction on the country point us to the urgency of the Programme of Action to eradicate illegal guns and criminals.

The IFP wishes Councillor Baardman, his wife and his children a speedy recovery.

Contact: Mr Blessed Gwala MPL,
IFP KZN Spokesperson on Community Safety and Liaison,
078 290 5842
Date: 16 July 2019