The former KwaZulu-Natal government spokesperson and renowned TV sports presenter, Jeffrey Zikhali, was fatally shot on Friday in Ndabayakhe, Empangeni. The 59-year-old’s lifeless body was discovered lying on the R102 road near the Ndabayakhe off-ramp.
KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety, and Liaison, Sipho Hlomuka, swiftly condemned the senseless murder, calling it a heinous act that demanded justice. Hlomuka urged community members to collaborate with law enforcement, providing critical information to aid in the swift apprehension of the perpetrators.
Law enforcement agencies are actively profiling and identifying crime hotspots in the province, increasing police visibility to enhance public safety. Furthermore, operations have been intensified to recover illegal firearms and ammunition from criminals.
According to KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Col Robert Netshiunda, the motive behind Zikhali’s killing and details about the suspects remain unknown. The police discovered a cellphone and a driver’s license next to the victim’s body, facilitating the identification process. Zikhali was declared dead at the scene.
Zikhali, a former e.tv and SABC sports anchor, had also served as a spokesperson for the provincial department of agriculture and rural development. Authorities in Empangeni have launched a manhunt for the perpetrators, who reportedly fled the scene in Zikhali’s vehicle.
Expressing condolences to the Zikhali family, MEC Hlomuka highlighted the importance of active citizenry in preventing and combating crime. He stressed the need for community members to actively engage in the fight against crime, emphasizing a unified front to strengthen the collective effort.
As investigations unfold, authorities are urging anyone with information related to the incident to contact the Empangeni police station or call the crime stop number 08600 10111. Alternatively, individuals can provide tip-offs through the MySAPS app.
This tragic incident underscores the ongoing challenges of criminality in South Africa, emphasizing the critical role played by both law enforcement and communities in ensuring public safety.