KwaZulu-Natal MEC for transport, community safety, and liaison, Sipho Hlomuka, has strongly condemned the murder of former government spokesperson and TV sports presenter, Jeffrey Zikhali. Zikhali was tragically gunned down in Ndabayakhe, in the Empangeni area, on Friday.
In a statement, MEC Hlomuka urged community members to assist law enforcement by providing critical information that could lead to the apprehension of the criminals responsible for Zikhali’s murder.
He also mentioned that law enforcement agencies were actively identifying crime hotspot areas in the province, where police visibility would be increased to ensure the safety of the people.
Col Robert Netshiunda, KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson, confirmed that a case of murder had been opened for investigation after the body of a 59-year-old man was found on the R102 road near the Ndabayakhe off-ramp.
The motive behind the killing and the identity of the suspects remain unknown at this stage.
MEC Hlomuka expressed his condolences to the Zikhali family and emphasized the importance of active citizenry in preventing and combating criminality in communities.
He called on community members to play an active role in the fight against crime, stating that law enforcement agencies need everyone’s support to strengthen a united front against crime.
Empangeni police have launched a manhunt to find the perpetrators who drove away in Zikhali’s vehicle. Anyone with information related to the investigation is urged to contact the Empangeni police station or call the crime stop number 08600 10111.
Alternatively, tip-offs can be communicated via the MySAPS app.
Jeffrey Zikhali was a well-known figure in the media industry, having worked as a sports anchor for e.tv and SABC. He also served as a spokesperson for the provincial department of agriculture and rural development.