Incident Summary:

08/19/2019: Assailants opened fire on the vehicle of Sthembiso Zulu, an African National Congress (ANC) councilor, near Ematsheni, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Zulu was injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.



South Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Ematsheni

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Okhahlamba
Specific Description Councilor: Sthembiso Zulu
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 Automatic Weapon
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
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
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 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Okhahlamba councillor survives assassination bid," The Mercury (South Africa), August 22, 2019.
"KZN municipal speaker survives 'assassination' attempt," Times LIVE South Africa, August 21, 2019.
"Okhahlamba Local Municipality Speaker narrowly escapes shooting," Estcourt and Midland News, August 31, 2019.