ANC praises swift police action in latest murders

2012-09-12 00:00

TWO men arrested for the killings of the latest two senior ANC leaders to be murdered on the South Coast will appear in the Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court today.

Police at Mehlomnyama were investigating a case of double murder, police spokesperson Colonel Vincent Mdunge said yesterday.

The two suspects, aged between 20 and 30, were arrested on Monday in the Oshabeni area, where Dumisani Malunga and Bheki Chiliza came from. The two ANC men had been on their way home from an ANC meeting.

Malunga was chairperson of the ruling party’s Oshabeni branch while Chiliza was secretary.

Tomorrow, the two men arrested in connection with the previous two ANC murders — of councillor Wandile Mkhize and his friend Nhlakanipho Shabane three months ago — will apply for bail in the Ramsgate Magistrate’s Court.

MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Willies Mchunu praised the police’s “swift action” in arresting the latest two.

“As government we are committed to work with all political parties in the province in campaigning against killings of political party members.

“We urge political party leaders and the community to co-operate with the police,” he said.

The ANC in the province also praised the police and denounced “the killing of our comrades”.

Provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala called on the public to volunteer information that would help police put a stop to the scourge.

The Congress of SA Trade Unions in KwaZulu-Natal said while it was angered by the dastardly act, it called for calm, and urged its members to avoid speculation. It also called for all forensic investigations into the murders to be made public.

Provincial secretary Zet Luzipo said the labour body hoped that “these senseless killings … were not informed by acts of corruption and greed for tenders”.

Cosatu also called for an end to state tenders as a basic form of service delivery.

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