Incident Summary:

08/16/2019: Assailants opened fire on the vehicle of Mthembeni Majola, an Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) councilor, in Estcourt, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Majola was killed and two passengers were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.



South Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Inkosi Langalibalele
Specific Description Vehicle of Councilor: Mthembeni Majola
Nationality of Target South Africa
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target South Africa
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Okhahlamba councillor survives assassination bid," The Mercury (South Africa), August 22, 2019.
"IFP calls for Cele's intervention in political killings," MSN South Africa, August 18, 2019.