The ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Saturday condemned a new spate of political killings in the country.
These killings were “brutal, callous, and cold-blooded,” the party said in a statement emailed to Xinhua.
On Friday, Msawenkosi Mchunu, an ANC leader in Moses Mabhida Region, KwaZulu-Natal Province and Sbuyiselo Dlamini, a leader of the Inkata Freedom Party (IFP) in Ulundi, also KwaZulu-Natal Province, were shot dead.
Mchunu was shot at his house by two unknown assailants who stormed Mchunu’s home and opened fire on him without a word. He was rushed to hospital but succumbed to his injuries, ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe said.
Mchunu will be remembered as one of the militant cadres of the movement, Mabe said.
“We sincerely wish to express our deepest condolences to the families of the ANC and IFP leaders whose lives perished in hands of these criminal assassins,” he said.
The killings of Mchunu and Dlamini were preceded by the assasination of Sifiso Cele, an ANC branch treasurer in the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal Province. He was gunned down in front of his family on Monday.
The motives for the killings are still under investigation. No one has been arrested. But it is believed that the killings are related to rivalry among factions of political parties.
The ANC remains with the victims’ families during these difficult and trying moments, Mabe said.
He called on police to investigate the “wanton and unrelentless” killings of political leaders.
Minister of Police Bheki Cele himself must urgently intervene in the impending security crisis in KwaZulu-Natal, as it is clear that there is an existing systematic plan to eliminate political leaders to sow doubt in the minds of voters in the province ahead of next year’s democratic elections, Mabe said.
The ANC also calls on the people of this province to be calm and report incidents of violence and crime to the police that will result in perpetrators of these heinous crimes to be brought to book, Mabe said. Enditem