Hawks investigating shooting of former ANCYL leader

"Indeed, there are elements that are on the clandestine campaign to turn this region into a war zone", he said.

Three councillors were attacked and shot in Ibisi on Thursday evening.

Kaunda was speaking at a press briefing in uMzimkhulu on Friday afternoon, together with cooperative governance MEC, Nomusa Dube-Ncube.

Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi says two of the victims are still in hospital.

"Three people were ambushed and two are still in hospital". Political analysts who have testified at the Moerane Commission into political killings in KwaZulu-Natal said most killings were related to competition over political positions.

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"The victims sustained serious injuries after the suspects unleashed a hail of bullets at their vehicle. We are not going to allow the dark forces and assassins roaming the streets of uMzimkhulu to destabilise this district".

Kaunda said, in a space of four months, two councillors and a former councillor from the same municipality have been shot dead.

He said government had observed with concern that the modus operandi used in the Umzimkhulu killings was similar.

Mulaudzi said the motive of the shooting is unknown and no arrest has been made at this stage. This included all cases being handled by the National Police Task Team which is already in the area, increasing police capacity in the area, high level inter and intra political interventions and ongoing engagement with the local community to find lasting solutions.

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