IFP KZN Chairperson Condemns Brutal Murder of Female Traditional Leader & Calls for Urgent Action

Jan 17, 2024 | Press Releases

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) in KwaZulu-Natal expresses its deepest condolences and condemns in the strongest terms the tragic murder of Induna Lucia Nonina Mahlaba, a revered female traditional leader of the Shabalala Traditional Council in Emadlangeni.

The IFP is appalled by the heinous and horrific attack that claimed the lives of Induna Mahlaba, her son Thando Mahlaba, a friend Asanda Zikhali, and a brave neighbour, Mama Shonaphi Mbatha.

The IFP in KZN is shocked by the brutality of the act, and we extend our heartfelt condolences to the Mahlaba, Mbatha, and Zikhali families.

This incident is not only a profound loss for the affected families but a dark moment for our communities, threatening the stability of our traditional leadership institutions.

The IFP has consistently advocated for the protection of Traditional Leaders, recognising their pivotal role in preserving our cultural heritage and fostering community cohesion.

The murder of Induna Lucia Nonina Mahlaba underscores the urgency of addressing the safety and security of our traditional leaders.

The IFP calls on law enforcement agencies in KwaZulu-Natal to swiftly and thoroughly investigate this brutal crime.

Justice must be served, and the perpetrators brought to book, to face the full might of the law.

We appreciate the efforts of the neighbours who bravely intervened, attempting to aid the Mahlaba family during this distressing ordeal.

It is disheartening to witness the rising number of killings of politicians, especially councilors and traditional leaders, in our province.

The IFP urges the community to work closely with law enforcement agencies, providing any information that could lead to the apprehension of the suspects. We cannot allow violence to further destabilise our communities and erode the fabric of our society.

The IFP reaffirms its strong belief in upholding and giving due respect to traditional leaders and traditional councils.

We remain resolute in our commitment to a society where the safety and well-being of every individual, including our respected traditional leaders, are prioritised and protected.

In closing, the IFP calls on society to unite against violence and stand together in ensuring the safety of our communities and the preservation of our cultural heritage.

Cllr Thami Ntuli
IFP KZN Chairperson
072 585 5000

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