Well-established Richards Bay businessman and tender-tycoon Nkululeko Mkhize has been shot dead.

Mkhize, who faced allegations linking him to a drug cartel was shot and killed at Zimbali Estate, north of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. It appears that he died during a gun fight with the SAPS’s National Intervention Unit when they raided the estate looking for him.

Mkhize was well-known for living a luxurious life and first came to the public’s attention in 2021 when he gave an R1.5 million cash gift at a customary bridal shower called an “indishi” in Ulundi.

Francois Schoeman, the CEO of Ballito Estate, where Mkhize was a resident says they are aware one of their residents was embroiled in a criminal case. “It’s a relief that our estate is now free from such elements,” he says.

Mkhize had previously caught public attention in 2021 when he gifted R1.5 million in cash at a traditional bridal shower, known as “indishi,” in Ulundi. 

Police spokesperson, Colonel Robert Netshiunda reported the discovery of six firearms and over a thousand rounds of ammunition at the scene. “Our officers, leveraging intelligence, located suspects believed to be involved in Tuesday’s Richards Bay killings. Upon entering the residence, they faced immediate gunfire from the suspects,” he says. “The police retaliated, resulting in two suspects, including Mkhize, succumbing to their injuries.” The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has been brought in for an investigation.

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