KZN mayor questioned over murder of traffic chief

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KZN mayor questioned over murder of traffic chief

Ex-ANCYL chairperson Thami Ngubane has been linked to killing of Umvoti Municipality official, according to source

Qaanitah Hunter and Zimasa Matiwane


Another KwaZulu-Natal mayor is being investigated in connection with political killings in the province.
The mayor of Umvoti municipality and former provincial chairperson of the ANC Youth League, Thami Ngubane, was taken in for questioning by the police this week.
On Thursday, police minister Bheki Cele confirmed the incident but would not say what Ngubane was being investigated for.
However, Times Select has reliably learnt that the police want answers from Ngubane in connection with the day-light murder of chief traffic officer for Umvoti Municipality, Thobani Ndaba.
A source within the KwaZulu-Natal security cluster said Ngubane was questioned around the murder of Ndaba, who was acting director for community services at the municipality at the time.
Ndaba was attacked by unknown gunmen in his office in Greytown in November 2018, a day after he was said to have been promoted to a senior rank in the municipality.
He died metres from the municipal officers after the gunmen opened fire on him.
Reports suggested he was shot with an AK47, and police found at least 20 rounds of ammunition outside his office.
At the time of his murder, Cele said Ndaba was killed “execution style and his killers used automatic rifles to kill him”.
He said those responsible should be charged with treason.
Cele said this week he would not comment on why Ngubane was taken in for questioning.
Ngubane has been serving his second term as mayor.
Current ANC Youth League secretary Thanduxolo Sabelo said: “We only heard rumours that he (Ngubane) was taken in for questioning. No official information has been communicated with the youth league at this time.”
KZN provincial police would not comment on the matter.
“Please be advised that there is an inter-ministerial committee that provides regular updates on the state of investigations into the political-related cases. Therefore, we cannot provide any details on any of the investigations,” said Captain Nqobile Gwala.
Ngubane could not be reached for comment.

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