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Shabalala, Thomas Mandla

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In the 1990s Shabalala had the reputation of being the most feared Inkatha warlord in KwaZulu-Natal. However, he did assume the role of a peacelord by leading the IFP's Southern Natal delegation to the regional dispute resolution committee.

In the early 1990s Shabalala was community leader in Lindelani township, as well as being chairman of the Lindelani branch of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and chairman of the Taxi Association of Lindelani. He was instrumental in the development of Lindelani, where he lived from 1983, ensuring that purified water was available and that the roads were tarred.

After the 1994 elections Shalabala became a member of the provincial legislature in KwaZulu-Natal. He was axed from his post in 1996 but reinstated in February 1999.

Source: Mail & Guardian A-Z of SA Politics,1994.

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