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16 Sep 2021
6:15 am

‘It’s my time to eat’: The cause of political killings


As the local government elections draw near, it seems to be almost inevitable that the body count in KZN will continue to rise.

Bheki Cele. Picture: Gallo Images/Beeld/Deaan Vivier

KwaZulu-Natal has always been one of the bloodiest provinces in South Africa – whether caused by faction fights in the ’70s and ’80s, the internecine struggle between the ANC and the IFP in the period before 1994 … and even now, 27 years after the end of apartheid. The political violence now is – according to Dr Sunday Paul C Onwuegbuchulam from the centre for gender and African studies at the University of the Free State in his recent paper, Anatomy of Political Violence in South Africa – “another rising phenomenon contributing to the violent crime statistics in the country”....