ANC man told ‘Quit, or else ...'

2012-07-30 00:00

SOUTH Coast ANC regional secretary Mzwandile Mkhwanazi has been receiving threatening calls telling him to resign, or else …

“I have been receiving threats in the form of an ultimatum to resign by a certain time or else something would happen to me,” he told The Witness yesterday.

It is not known where the threats, by telephone, are coming from.

Mkhwanazi said that recent speculation following the murder of ­Hibiscus Coast Municipality chief whip Wandile Mkhize had created unnecessary tension within the party.

“This speculation is only endangering the lives of innocent people and causing members of the ANC to doubt each other.

“We are appealing to our comrades to let the law take its course and allow the police to investigate Wandile’s murder.

“Irresponsible comments and speculation are only going to create more harm than good.”

Mkhwanazi said rumours and speculation should rather be reported to police so that they can be properly investigated.

“There have been reports of divisions and no unity in the party. That is not true. As comrades we may differ in opinions, but this does not constitute divisions.”

Nhlakanipho “Ntsholi” Shabane (24), who was also shot in the June 30 attack, was buried yesterday. More than 4 000 mourners attended his funeral at the Impenjathi Sports Grounds, near Port Edward.

KwaZulu Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize paid tribute to Shabane and conveyed condolences on behalf of President Jacob Zuma.

Shabane had remained in a coma since the shooting. He died at the Margate Netcare Hospital last Monday.

He was an administrative clerk in the motor licensing department at HCM. The municipality held a memorial service for Shabane at the Port Shepstone Civic Centre last Friday.

Meanwhile, the ANC is still to identify a replacement for Mkhize.

“We have three months to make this replacement.

“It’s been a very difficult time for the party. Everyone has taken Wandile’s death very badly, so we could not make that decision so soon,” Mkhwanazi said.

“We will be looking into the matter in the coming weeks.”

Police spokesperson Lieutenant- Colonel Vincent Mdunge said police were investigating two counts of murder.

“No arrests have been made at this stage,” he said.

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