African National Congress (ANC) councillors in KwaZulu-Natal say they are living in constant fear, and some have revealed that they are receiving death threats.
They spoke out at the funeral of ANC councillor Kwazi Mkhize in Nkanyezini, near Pietermaritzburg on Saturday.
Mkhize was killed last week, gunned down by unknown assailants. He had just concluded a branch executive meeting at a local community hall
Mourners gathered to pay their last respects and celebrate the life of a young ANC leader.
His death sent shockwaves throughout the province - this was the fifth attack on party leaders in as many months.
His devastated family says Mkhize had a difficult tenure, with him even having to flee his home due to the continuous threats on his life.
For the ANC, it is a worrying trend, saying its members will be too afraid to carry out their duties, which will affect service delivery.
Mkhize has been hailed as a committed and dedicated leader not only within the ANC but also in the community.
He joined the ANC Youth League at the age of 18 and four years later, the South African Communist Party.
In 2015, he was elected Chairperson of the ANCYL in his branch and in the 2016 Local government election he won the Ward for the ANC for the first time.
He is survived by his four children, parents and siblings.
Source: SABC NEWS