ANC: Find Tolo’s killers soon

2011-08-22 17:12
Cape Town - The ANC has urged law enforcement agencies to swiftly catch those responsible for the killing of Congress of the People MP Jack Tolo.

"We are deeply saddened and disturbed by the loss of life of one of the country's anti-apartheid struggle veterans, through such senseless and mindless criminality," the parliamentary office of the ANC chief whip said in a statement on Monday.

Earlier, Limpopo police reported that Tolo was shot dead at his house in Sekhukhune during a scuffle with robbers.

Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said Tolo, his wife and two children were tied up by three men, two were wearing balaclavas. They ransacked the house and stole R7 000, jewellery and four cellphones.

"A scuffle broke out between Tolo [and] one of the robbers and he was shot," Mulaudzi said.

Tolo was among the first generation of ANC cadres deployed to serve in Parliament following the 1994 elections.

"We urge law enforcement agencies to leave no stone unturned to ensure that those found responsible swiftly face the wrath of the law," the ANC said in its statement.

"He served in various structures of the ANC caucus and Parliament, including as a whip and member of the portfolio committee on correctional services," it said.

"At the time of his death, Tolo was an MP for Cope, having joined the party after the 2009 elections.

"Our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family, friends and comrades during this difficult time."

According to Mulaudzi, the robbers ran away after the shooting and no arrests had yet been made.

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