Two people – one thought to be the son of a KwaZulu-Natal mayor – have been shot and killed, police said on Wednesday

It is believed that Alfred Duma Municipality Mayor Vincent Madlala’s son was among the victims on Tuesday evening, the Ladysmith Gazette reported.

“Charges of murder were opened at Ezakheni police station after two victims, aged 28 and 29, were shot by unknown people. They sustained gunshot wounds [to] the chest and head,” police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane said in response to News24‘s questions about whether Madlala was among the victims.

The injured son was believed to have been rushed to his father’s home after the shooting.

Madlala is thought to have then rushed his son to Ladysmith police station where he was met by awaiting paramedics. He was declared dead.

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Two of the mayor’s bodyguards were also reportedly shot in the attack. At this stage, it is unclear whether the shooting is politically motivated.

Just a week ago, 63-year-old businessman Buthanani Golden Shange and his friend and ANC member, former 47-year-old school principal Martin Nkosenhle Sithole, were standing in front of Shange’s shop when unknown gunmen shot at them.

Both were killed and the inter-ministerial task team on political killings has taken over the investigation.

At the end of March, Police Minister Bheki Cele said that the task team, established by President Cyril Ramaphosa, had made 161 arrests.

The task team was appointed in July 2018 to resolve the shockingly slow progress in more than 132 politically motivated murder investigations in the province.

News24 has reached out to the municipality for comment.