KZN political murders linked to protests

2016-06-03 12:30

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Pietermaritzburg - Hours after Mpofana chief financial officer Simo Mncwabe was brutally murdered, an ANC member with whom he had led a branch in Edendale was also gunned down.

Mncwabe had served as branch treasurer for Ward 12 while Nathi Hlongwa, who was shot several times on Wednesday night, served as branch chairperson before the end of their term late last year.

The murder has left some party members fearing for their lives.

Recently, there has been unrest in Georgetown, which falls under the ward, with ANC members protesting over the party’s candidate nomination for local government elections.

Among other things, protesters complained that the branch general meeting in which the candidates were nominated, was not “properly constituted”.

After lodging appeals to the region, province and national structure of the ANC, party members took to the streets on several occasions, blockading Edendale road.

Fearing for their lives, one of the protesters said he would no longer participate in protest action, saying the murder of Hlongwa “could have well been linked to the protest”.

The protesters who did not want to be named for safety reasons, said the situation in the area was tense.

“When comrades turn against each other, it is a sad state of affairs. I wish these elections were over so we can move on with our lives,” said the protester.

The 41-year-old Hlongwa was gunned down on Wednesday afternoon in his Imbali home.

Plessislaer police spokesperson Captain Musa Ntombela said the motive for the murder was unknown yet. “No arrests have been made but I can assure you that we will leave no stone unturned. We will make sure that the perpetrators are brought to book,” he said.

No arrests have been made in the shooting of Mncwabe either.

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