Voting day murder of ANC supporter not political – police

2014-05-13 14:27

Initial investigations into the killing of an ANC supporter in KwaDukuza do not indicate that the murder was politically motivated, KwaZulu-Natal police have said.

“There is no evidence at this stage to indicate that it’s political. We are dealing with a purely criminal matter and investigations are ongoing,” spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said today.

Hundreds of ANC supporters converged on the KwaDukuza Magistrates’ Court for the brief appearance of Dumisani Bright Nxumalo (28) yesterday.

He is charged with the murder of Thandi Nuh Mhlongo. Mhlongo was manning an ANC information desk outside the voting station in Lindelani on the night of May 7 when she was shot, allegedly by Nxumalo. He was arrested the next day.

Naicker said he could not reveal more about the case because investigations were still under way.

On Thursday, ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala condemned the killing.

“We condemn this heinous and barbaric attack in the strongest possible terms. It is clear that the killing had been well planned to instil fear among ANC volunteers on election day,” he said.

It had initially been reported that the victim was a man.

The case against Nxumalo was postponed to next Monday to allow him time to obtain legal representation and apply for bail.

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