Teen, political bodyguard killed in KZN

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JOHANNESBURG - A 16 year-old grade 10 pupil and two others have been gunned down while in the company of two bodyguards of a senior KwaZulu-Natal politician.

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The three were at a local tavern in the Mpumalanga township outside Durban when the incident occurred.

A bodyguard and his neighbour also died in the shooting.

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It is unclear if the incident is related to political killings plaguing the province.

“We don’t want to speculate whether this is linked or not with the so-called political killings in the province,” KwaZulu-Natal Community Safety MEC, Mxolisi Kaunda said.

“We are concerned because these killings are painting the province with a bad brush, which seeks to suggest that we are engulfed by criminal activities. We are also concerned because amongst those who were killed is a 16-year-old child,” he added.