KZN’s Richmond killing fields still bleeding

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KZN’s Richmond killing fields still bleeding

Jackie Clausen And Yasantha Naidoo | 2017-04-03 12:39:06.0

The bloodied car of Richmond deputy mayor Thandazile Phoswa was parked outside the Richmond police station, hours after her body, wrapped in a blanket was found in the backseat.

Image by: JACKIE CLAUSEN

The killing of Richmond deputy mayor Thandazile Phoswa on Sunday night in KwaZulu-Natal brought back traumatic memories of the deaths of her parents and siblings at the same spot 20 years ago.

Family spokesman Zachariah Phoswa said on Monday morning that the deputy mayor’s death was a grim reminder of the deaths of her father‚ former ANC member Joseph Kennedy Phoswa‚ his wife MaMhkize and their two children in a massacre linked to political violence.

Between April 1997 and January 1999‚ about 120 people‚ including local councillors‚ were killed and Richmond became known as “the killing fields”.

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The bloodied car of Richmond deputy mayor Thandazile Phoswa. Photo: JACKIE CLAUSEN

“I feel so bad because it reminds the family and the community of the same thing that happened at this house and this road.”

He said he was told that his niece and her boyfriend had a “small argument” and then neighbours heard a gun shot.

The deputy mayor has two children — a 17-year-old son and a 2-year-old daughter — both of whom were not at the house at the time of her death.

SAPS spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane said a man was being questioned in connection with the murder.

He said police‚ including a forensic team‚ were still at the scene.

Phoswa’s bloodied car was parked outside the Richmond police station‚ hours after her body‚ wrapped in a blanket‚ was found in the backseat.



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