While details on the shooting were sketchy, police spokesman Major Thulani Zwane said police were called to Helpmekaar Road where a white VW Kombi was found with the body of Sinatra Khumalo.
According to police, the initial information was that Khumalo was ambushed by three men in the Intshele area near Ladysmith. He was on his way home from Ndaka on Thursday evening when he was attacked.
Khumalo sustained gunshot wounds to the head and body, with Zwane saying that he sustained a gunshot wound to the head.
KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Numusa Dube-Ncube said: “There is no doubt that the killing of Khumalo would leave a gaping void in the Indaka municipality. He was instrumental in the stabilisation of this municipality and played a critical role in facilitating a smooth transition since the Indaka municipality will be merging with uMnambithi/Ladysmith after the 2016 Local Government Elections.
“Any killing of a human being is a deplorable act that should be condemned by all right thinking people. What makes the murder of Khumalo all the more tragic and sad is that he was allegedly killed while returning from work. He had a lot to contribute in the development of the people of Indaka,” she said.
The Ndaka municipality is one of the country’s poorest and it falls under the uThukela District Municipality with its offices in the town of Wasbank. It is governed by a coalition of the National Freedom Party and the African National Congress.
UThukella District Municipal mayor Dudu Mazibuko said: “At the uThukela district we’re really shocked at the gruesome murder of the municipal manager.”