Tolo murder ‘cruel’ criminality

2011-08-23 10:47

The murder of Congress of the People (Cope) MP Jack Tolo was a cruel act of criminality, the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) said today.

“We will remember him as one of our anti-apartheid struggle stalwarts and a man who [strove] for a better life for all,” the ANCWL’s spokesperson, Edna Molewa in a statement.

Tolo had spent most of his life working to improve the lives of South Africans, she said.

Yesterday morning, Tolo (63), his wife and two daughters were tied up with copper wire by four armed men, three of whom were wearing balaclavas.

The robbers ransacked the house in Sekhukhune, Limpopo, and stole R7 000, jewellery and four cellphones.

The women’s league urged law enforcement to find his murderers.

“They don’t deserve to be among us,” Molewa said.

Yesterday, police and the Cope declined to speculate on whether the murder was politically motivated.

National Cope spokesperson Phillip Dexter said it was up to the police to establish the motive for the killing.

He said Tolo was not aligned to any faction within the party, but was a “loyal member” of Cope.

“We don’t want to venture an opinion... Our focus is on catching the people responsible,” said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

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