Body found

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Simphiwe Mdingi: East London municipal leader brutally killed

Amathole insiders believe the death is politically motivated.

Body found

Image: Archive photo

Investigators in Amathole, East London, are in search of perpetrators who are involved in the brutal killing of Simphiwe Mdingi.

Mdingi, the leader of the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu), was struck by a hail of bullets as he was making his way into his home at Saxilby Road, on Wednesday evening.

Brutal murder of Simphiwe Mdingi mounts fears in Amathole

As reported by Dispatch Live, the evening was routine for the Imatu leader. As he drove up to the gates of his residence, at around 20:15, the 38-year-old was shot nine times and died on the scene.

Sources close to the family shared that Mdingi’s wife, Vuyo, was shaken by the sound of the Imatu leader’s vehicle smashing past the gates, his mouth drenched in blood.

Mdingi died on the scene and for investigators, it is yet another murder mystery to solve in a region that has seen a spike in violent killings.

Brutal murder termed a ‘hit’ in East London political circles

Mdingi was revered as the voice of the people. Leading the Imatu movement from the frontlines, workers from the Amathole District Municipality relied on his outspoken nature to ruffle the feathers of the higher-ups on issues related to employee suspensions and wage increases.

However, insiders from Amathole have broken their silence to the cited publication, in anonymity, and hinted that the 38-year-old’s death, and other similar killings of the recent past, are linked to the region’s politics.

“There’s been threats to two Imatu members who were told to back off by senior officials. They were shocked to receive these threats, but they were told to take it easy and not be vocal,” one source claimed.

“We are not making any speculations” – Police

While speculation of Mdingi’s death is rife, police spokesperson Brigadier Thembinkosi Kinana warned against making claims without proof to back it up, as it may jeopardise the homicide investigation.

“The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation, This office does not want to make any speculations regarding the incident. A murder has been registered for investigation and no arrests have been made at this stage,” Kinana said.

The family of the Imatu leader has asked for privacy as plans to lay Mdingi to rest have been initiated.