Izinduna murders must be taken seriously: Traditional leaders

More than a hundred KZN izindunas - that's community leaders - have been killed over the last few years. Recently, two from the uMgungundlovu District were gunned down in separate incidents. Others are living in fear. Traditional leaders say enough is enough and want action. eNCA's Lethiwe Mdluli reports. Courtesy #DStv403

DURBAN - More than a hundred KwaZulu-Natal izindunas -- that's community leaders -- have been killed over the last few years.

Recently, two from the uMgungundlovu District were gunned down in separate incidents.

Others are living in fear.

These murders must be taken seriously, the House of Traditional Leaders says.
  
"For a few years there is a lot of izinduna who are murdered," said Inkosi Phathisizwe Chiliza, chairperson of the Provincial House of Traditional Leaders. 

"What worries us most is that we don't see anything happening, especially with law enforcement to ensure that all perpetrators are brought to book so that the families can get comfort,"

"Some of these Izinduna are murdered right Infront of their families and in their homes."
  
There are speculations that the izinduna are being killed are over positions, but Inkosi Chiliza says they do not want to speculate.
  
"If you go out there you find people pointing fingers, saying what they think is the motive.

"And that is wrong because what we need to do is give this information to the police so that the police can do their work."

Meanwhile, the KZN Cooperative Governance Department says it is concerned about the murders.
  
"We do not know yet why izinduna get killed and we can only assume that there may be a variety of reasons that may lead to the murders," said spokesperson Nonala Ndlovu.

"But at this stage, we don't have verdicts that have been proven that these are particular reasons for the murders of each individual."
  
The department is urging communities to work with the police so that the perpetrators can be arrested.

* eNCA's Lethiwe Mdluli reports.

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