Once-feared ‘warlord’ and former IFP member in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature Thandabantu David "Gandaganda" Ntombela died at his home in Elandskop, Pietermaritzburg, on Thursday night. He was 93 years old. Ntombela was one of the most prominent members of the IFP in the 1980s and 1990s during the violence between his party and the UDF and later the ANC when it was unbanned in the early 1990s. During testimony at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) hearings, witnesses implicated Ntombela in leading IFP warriors as they went on killing rampages in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands. He was a long-standing member of the IFP national council. Apart from his various political roles, Ntombela was also an induna (headman) under Inkosi Nsikayezwe Zondi, of Mpumuza Tribal Authority and also a former IFP district chair of Indlovu District now known as uMgungundlovu. He retired in active politics in 2007 due to illness but remained a fervent IFP member. A few years ago, when rumours circulat...

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