2 ANC members killed in KZN

2014-04-24 10:13

Two members of the ANC have been killed in the run up to the May 7 elections, the party has said.

Supa Zuma, the party’s secretary for the Moses Mabhida region, said yesterday that Nkosi Nkwanyana was gunned down outside his home in the Mhlangandlovu area.

Jabulile Ncalane, a party volunteer, was hacked to death in her house a week earlier.

The Mhlangandlovu area is in the uMshwathi local municipality in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands.

Zuma said the ANC condemned the attacks and that to date no arrests had been made.

Comment could not immediately be obtained from police.

Earlier yesterday, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu said the province has yet to pass the “acid test” of holding an election without politically-motivated murders.

While the conflicts were no longer on the scale of that of the 1990s, when thousands of people died, especially in the conflict between the ANC and the Inkatha Freedom Party, the province had yet to hold an election without politically-motivated killings.

“That one [test] we haven’t passed. A woman was chopped to death in her own home while asleep,” he told a multiparty conference intended to improve political tolerance.

“We were actually of the view that we could actually get to a point where we have no blood,” he said.

It emerged at the conference that KwaZulu-Natal’s election poster wars were at their lowest level in history.

According to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), the run-up to the current election had so far seen the least number of complaints received about the removal and defacing of political posters.

IEC chairwoman Pansy Tlakula told the conference: “This time around we have [so far] had very few complaints, if any complaints.”

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