The IFP has learnt with great sadness the news of the passing of Inkosi Sabatha Lushaba, of oShabeni Traditional Council in Port Shepstone, on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, as well as Inkosi Langalasembo Mkhize, of Embothimuni Traditional Council in Mbumbulu, South of Durban. Once again, this sacrosanct structure in the government sphere is losing credible and prominent figures.
We are concerned by the untimely passing of these Amakhosi, in particular, Inkosi Lushaba, before his attempted murder case had been solved. Inkosi Lushaba was attacked and shot in November last year. Following the shooting, the Inkosi’s health deteriorated, and he was frequently in and out of hospital.
It is for this reason that we reiterate the call to hasten the sitting of what KwaZulu-Natal MEC for COGTA, Sipho Hlomuka, termed ‘Izimbizos’, aimed at probing the motive for the killing of Izinduna and Amakhosi in the province.
We are of the view that neglecting this call is likely to destabilise hard-earned peace in rural areas.
On behalf of IFP President Emeritus, His Excellency, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, and IFP President, Velenkosini Hlabisa, I would like to send condolences to the family of these Amakhosi and the entire oShabeni and Mbothimuni Clans.
Mr Blessed Gwala
IFP Spokesperson for Safety and Community Liaison
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