The ANC’s provincial executive committee (PEC) in KwaZulu-Natal has called for a police task team to be established to deal with the thread of political killings in the province since the beginning of the local government election race last year.
Three more people died over the past month in what is believed to be an all-out war over the ANC’s KZN candidate list. In the most recent incident, 56-year-old Mbhekiseni “Pat” Khumalo was allegedly murdered by an unknown attacker, who came into his homestead at Kwalubisi village under the pretext of seeking help from him.
The ANC in KZN said in a statement that the details of Khumalo’s murder were still “sketchy”, but it was understood that the attacker asked the victim’s child to bring Khumalo out of the house so he could talk to him.
Khumalo was then shot several times. He was a councillor for Ward 7 in the uPhongolo Local Municipality. Councillor Ace Houston, of Ward 3 in Umuziwabantu local municipality, was shot during a meeting last month. To date, the number of ANC-related political killings in the province is at least 11.
Earlier this year, a commission of inquiry was set up by KZN Premier Senzo Mchunu to investigate the mysterious string of councillor candidates being killed in the province.
The party said in a statement yesterday it hoped the commission would provide some answers.
“The ANC has full confidence that the commission of inquiry to investigate politically motivated violence in the province will shed some light on as to why public representatives continue to be targeted.
“As the PEC, we are concerned […] It looks as if perpetrators are not being arrested,” said acting ANC KZN spokesperson Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu.