Speaker laid to rest

2017-05-12 06:00
Photo: siphelele nketoMourners at Khaya Thobela’s service.

Photo: siphelele nketoMourners at Khaya Thobela’s service.

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SIPHELELE NKETO AND KHAYA MAGENU

AT the funeral service of the ANC deputy secretary in the Harry Gwala region and Umzimkhulu Municipality Speaker Khaya Thobela on Sunday questions were raised about those who planned Thobela’s attack and many asked who will be next.

Thobela was attacked by unknown men at his home in Mfundweni village outside Umzimkhulu on April 20. He died in a Port Shepstone hospital three days later.
His death comes after a number of recent suspected political murders of ANC officials in the region.

The service at the Ibisi Stadium was attended by political leaders including ANC provincial chairperson Sihle Zikalala, former KZN premier Senzo Mchunu and national executive committee members.

A 37-year-old suspect, linked to Thobela’s murder, was arrested in Ladysmith and is being charged with murder.

At the funeral speakers said the suspect did not plan Thobela’s murder alone and appealed to police to do a thorough investigation and catch those who are behind the murder plot.

Thobela’s brother Sibongiseni said justice needs to be served and a family member, Simphiwe, said the suspect does not deserve bail.

The ruling party in Harry Gwala region is expected to host the regional conference on June 3 and 4 and people suspect that Thobela’s murder was linked to factionalism within the ANC.
Provincial chairperson Sihle Zikalala called for unity, saying introspection among ANC members is needed because there are many incidents of political killings in the province.
He also called for a commission of inquiry to investigate cases related to political killings. 

“There are many differences within the ruling party and members must stop using guns to solve differences or to get top positions,” said Zikalala.

Richard Mkhungo, KZN secretary of South African National Civic Organisation said leaders are obsessed with getting higher positions instead of helping people.
He said Thobela’s death must be a wake-up call for the ruling party.

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