10 April 2014.
The IFP expressed its shock and sadness at the
murder of a young IFP activist from Ulundi, allegedly by members
of the NFP.
Wearing his IFP T-shirt, Mr Sbekezelo Mkhize
(21) was walking from the Ulundi CBD to his home when he was
attacked. He was rushed to the Nkonjeni hospital but was
transferred to the Ngwelezane hospital, where he passed away as
a result of the multiple stab wounds he had sustained in the
"Witnesses said that they were passing a group
of men who were busy drinking alcohol under a tree. After a few
exchanges with the IFP members regarding the perceived lack of a
greeting, these men are said to have hit the young man with a
car, as he could not run away fast enough. They then proceeded
to assault him and stabbed him to death," said Cllr Manana,
Mayor of Ulundi
The police confirm that they have arrested
seven suspects. Three have since been released but four remain
"The family of some of the suspects is said to
have visited the Mkhize family, claiming to be IFP members. But
community members have alleged that the mother of one of the
suspects is a well-known activist of the NFP," said Manana.
Manana concluded, "We ask the police to launch
an investigation to establish whether his death was politically
motivated. If this is found to be the case, the IFP will
urgently request the IEC to also investigate this matter, and to
bar the NFP from the upcoming elections for the gross violation
of all the rules and regulations that guide the elections," said
The IFP President, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi
MP, and the IFP leadership visited the Mkhize family today to
extend condolences to the family.
Councillor N.J. Manana, the Mayor of
Ulundi, on 082 5586493