Durban: February 2, 2005
The IFP's KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Spokesperson, Mr Velaphi Ndlovu, today condemned the murder of Mr Ndabazempi Elliot Mbatha, known as "Stende" who was a prominent member and an IFP activist in Nongoma, KwaZulu-Natal.
The occupants of a passing vehicle gunned down "Stende" Mbatha on Saturday evening, 29th January 2005, in the Usuthu Area of Nongoma. He died at the scene. At the time of his murder Mr Selby Ndwandwe, who is also an IFP member, accompanied him. Mr Ndwandwe sustained an injury to his left arm and was taken to hospital. He has subsequently been released.
Mr Ndlovu said:
A Memorial Service for "Stende" Mbatha will take place on Friday, 4th February 2005, at the Usuthu Multi-Purpose Hall, in Nongoma, at 10h00.
He will be buried on Saturday, 5th February 2005. The burial service will be held at the Usuthu Multi-Purpose Hall and will begin at 14h00.