ANC councillor dies after shooting

2012-09-27 15:55

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Durban - An ANC councillor has died in hospital after being shot during a meeting in Welbedacht, near Chatsworth, in Durban, the party's KwaZulu-Natal branch said on Thursday.

"Comrade Mthembeni Shezi died at RK Khan Hospital at 09:00," provincial ANC spokesperson Senzo Mkhize said.

Shezi [also known as Msizeni Ximba], branch deputy chairperson Sbu Mpanza, and ward committee member Bulelani Mjoli, were wounded by two unknown gunmen on Wednesday night.

The gunmen entered the hall during a meeting and fired shots randomly.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Vincent Mdunge confirmed the shooting, at Imbaliyethu High School, and said the motive was not known at this stage.

Mpanza and Mjoli were in critical, but stable conditions in hospital.

Mkhize condemned the attack as "despicable", and said it was the latest in a series of apparently politically-motivated incidents.

"The ANC deeply condemns these killings, which seem to be well-organised," he said.

"We condemn it and we urge our law enforcement agencies to work tirelessly to bring those responsible for the attack to justice."

Shezi was a councillor and an ANC branch chairperson.

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