Sibiya’s murder premeditated – MEC

2011-07-15 07:13

The murder of eThekwini regional secretary Sbu Sibiya was premeditated, KwaZulu-Natal safety and security MEC Willies Mchunu said at his memorial service in Durban yesterday.

“What is obvious to us is that this act was premeditated. It was well planned and we just need to find out with urgency why comrade Sbu was a target,” Mchunu told mourners.

“We need to find out why this cadre of the organisation was systematically assassinated.”

He said after the 1994 democratic elections he believed politically motivated murders had become a thing of the past.

Sibiya, 40, was shot dead at his home in Inanda, Durban, on Monday night after he returned from work.

Mchunu described him as a humble, dedicated cadre who advocated discipline, openness and mutual respect.

“He was a fearless critic who did not agree on any issue without debate. He worked well in all the ANC structures and was always ready for deployment.”

Mchunu praised Sibiya for the role he played during the recent local government elections, saying he was a pillar the ANC depended on.

“Support for the ANC increased during the local elections. We owe it to comrade Sibiya because he was at the forefront of the win,” Mchunu said.

The funeral would be held on Sunday.

Another local ANC councillor, Wiseman Mshibe, was shot dead in March.

Police spokeswoman Brigadier Phindile Radebe said yesterday that no one had been arrested yet in connection with Sibiya’s murder.

She said the police had confidence in the political violence task team set up to investigate the crime, as it had succeeded in solving high-profile cases in the past. 

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