Arson docket opened following burning of Cllr Mbuzi’s house


Mbizana police have opened a docket of arson after community members set alight the home of ward 6 Councillor, Lucky Mbuzi, at kwaJali village in Mbizana on Wednesday. Police have confirmed that a number of police officers have been deployed in the area to investigate and to prevent more damages.

Cllr Lucky Mbuzi is in custody as he is facing two charges of murder. There are reports that another case is under investigation by police. Which is something that has led the community to torch Mbuzi’s home. The case is related to an ANC activist Bongile Hlambelo born at KwaJali village and is said to have disappeared during ANC National Conference in 2017. Community in the area Hlombelo’s disappearance is linked to Mbuzi. Police in Mbizana did not want to deny or confirm if there is an investigation of that nature.

Meanwhile, African National Congress which deployed Mbuzi to Winnie Madikizela Mandela Local Municipality council has announced that Mbuzi is fired as the councillor and as a member of ANC. In an interview Regional Co-ordinator Vukile Mhlelmbana said that Mbuzi is facing very serious allegations of which the ANC cannot withstand “That is why we took the decision to fire him,” said Mhlelembana.

Commenting about the burning of his home allegedly by community members Mhlelembana condemned the action. “We always discourage our people from taking law unto their hands. We request the community members to be calm and let the law take its cause,” he said.

In the same vein, the Winnie Madikizela Mandela council held a special council meeting on Wednesday where a resolution to declare a vacancy in Mbuzi’s place was taken. Speaking on behalf of Mayor Cllr Daniswa Mafumbatha, Clive Noconjo said this was done as per the instruction of the ANC. This could mean that by-elections might be conducted in the area.

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