BONGANI Sikhosana was about to take his three kids and a few others from the village to school in his car yesterday morning when he was gunned down.

The 41-year-old ANC candidate councillor from Nkoneni Village in Harding was killed by an unknown man while going to his car.

The man emerged from the side of the house and started firing a hail of bullets in Bongani’s direction before fleeing the scene on foot.

His uncle, Phila Sikhosana (66), told Daily Sunthat his nephew was brutally killed in front of his kids who were already in the car.

He said the incident shocked the entire family and the village because they never thought he had enemies.

“People liked him and they had shown amazing support towards him when he was campaigning for the upcoming local government election on 3 August,” said Phila.

He said even though they believe his nephew had a strong backing in the village, they think the killing was politically motivated.

“We have witnessed several killings of candidate councillors in our province.

“So it is possible that my nephew’s death was politically related too.

“When your name wins, some will like it, some won’t and in the process you indirectly put your life in danger.”

Phila said they heard the gunshots because the main home is not very far from Bongani’s house.

KZN police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane confirmed the incident.

“The motive is unknown at this stage.

“A case of murder was opened at Harding Police Station for investigation.”

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ANC provincial secretary, Super Zuma, said they are deeply saddened by the death of their candidate councillor for Umziwabantu Municipality.

“We are concerned that we are losing our candidates as we come closer to the local government elections.

“What is more saddening is the act of killing our comrades in front of their children.

“We call on law enforcement agencies to increase their visibility in known hot spots.

“Security must be improved as the local government elections are going to be held soon,” said Zuma.

Sikhosana is the eighth candidate councillor to be killed in KZN.anc