The ANC Moses Mabhida region in KwaZulu-Natal is mourning the tragic loss of one of its members, Mzwandile “Nganono” Shandu, who was brutally gunned down in Umlazi on Wednesday afternoon.
Shandu, a dedicated councillor from the Mkhambathini municipality, was travelling with another councillor when the attack took place, leaving his companion injured and rushed to the hospital.
This devastating incident comes just weeks after Shandu miraculously survived a previous attempt on his life during a traditional ceremony in Umbumbulu, south of Durban. The ANC regional secretary, Samorah Ndlovu, expressed deep sorrow and shock at the recurring violence targeting their members, including the recent shooting of councillor Mabhungu Mkhize from the same region.
Ndlovu denounced these barbaric killings and called on law enforcement agencies to work tirelessly to bring the perpetrators to justice.
In response to the escalating threats, the council has initiated steps to secure bodyguards for Shandu, pending a threat analysis by the South African Police Service (SAPS). The need for protection was discussed in a special council meeting, following the fatal shooting of a bodyguard attached to the council’s speaker earlier this year.
Nhlakanipho Ntombela, the mayor of Mkhambathini, expressed deep sadness over Shandu’s untimely death. Shandu, who served as the chairperson of the municipal public accounts committee (MPAC), was known for his unwavering dedication and hard work.
Before his tenure as a councillor, he had worked at Toyota in Isipingo. Ntombela described Shandu as a committed individual who selflessly served the community of ward 7.