‘I feared this would end badly’, says deputy mayor

Umgungundlovu district deupty mayor Fucwana Zungu

The arrest of Zungu and Gambu, as well as four other suspects, has fuelled fears that a spate of murders in the region is linked to a bitter power struggle and allegations of corruption and maladministration at Msunduzi and uMgungundlovu municipalities.
Breaking her silence on the matter since the arrest of the six suspects, Fucwana Zungu said she suspected “things would end badly”.
“Gift is my son, and TK [Gambu’s nickname] is my sister’s son and has grown up under my wing for most of his life. Maqatha has also grown up under my wing so his murder and the arrest of my two sons is a double blow to me,” said Zungu.
She told Capital Newspapers that she had expressed reservations when Mchunu and Gambu stood against each other for nomination of councillor candidates in 2016 because she feared this would end badly.
“Look now; Maqatha is gone and my two sons have been arrested. If only they had both listened to me,” said the deputy mayor.
Despite her predictions, Fucwana Zungu sais she cannot rule out the possibility that there were “elements of politics in the arrest”.
“These arrests are a persecution because of the choices I have made and because of my support for Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma last year but if there is a clear case and the two are proven to have killed Maqatha, I will accept the decision,” said the deputy mayor.
She said despite insults hurled at her on Monday in court, she remains strong and will just ignore the crowd next time.

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Capital Media Reporter

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