Another ANC ward candidate slain

2016-07-19 13:12
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Pietermaritzburg - Bongani Skhosana has become the second ANC ward candidate to be shot and killed this month in KwaZulu-Natal.

Skhosana, a ward candidate in the Umziwabantu Municipality on the lower South Coast, was killed in full view of his children yesterday morning. 40-year-old Skhosana sustained two gunshot wounds to his head.

He was shot while starting his vehicle, as he prepared to drive his children to a school in Harding.

His murder follows that of Thembi Mbongo, an ANC ward candidate in the Newcastle area, who was shot and killed at her home at the beginning of this month.

Provincial ANC spokesperson Mdumiseni Ntuli said Skhosana’s murder had left the ANC shocked.

“We know that Skhosana was candidate number one, who was supported by everybody. It is the only ward that nominated only one candidate.

“We even tried talking to them [ward], explaining to them that our guidelines say that they must nominate four people, but they insisted that Skhosana was the only candidate that they trusted.

“So it is very difficult to belive that the killing might have been related to internal ANC conflicts,” he said.

The ANC said it was concerned at losing ward candidates while the local government elections were nearing.

“What is more saddening is this cowardly act of the killing of our comrades in front of children.”

Four ANC members were killed in separate incidents in Pietermaritzburg last month.

UKZN political analyst Zakhele Ndlovu said the murders of ANC ward candidates did not come as a surprise anymore.

“It is now happening more regularly because these people take politics as a career. They are desperate for employment and they cannot stand competition. Whoever is in their way should be eliminated,” he said.

Ndlovu said stipulating that a councillor candidate should have a certain qualification would go a long way in helping decrease the killings.

Political analyst Xolani Dube, of the Xubera Institute, said the situation could get worse if nothing was done.

“The history of KZN speaks for itself. We have experienced political violence before and these are signs that we are going back there if this is not dealt with soon.

“The problem is that they have similar interests of obtaining power rather than working for the community. The unemployment level is very high so they see the opportunity of being employed for five years, which makes them hate competition,” he said.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said a case of murder was opened at Harding police station for investigation.

“The motive is unknown at this stage,” he said.

• sabelo.nsele@witness.co.za

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