‘No politics’ in footballer’s death

2011-03-02 00:00

THE murder of footballer Anthesal Werner was not politically motivated, but supporters of a contender for nomination as candidate in the upcoming local government elections used it to tarnish the name of his opponent, a person in the area said yesterday.

Vincent Myeni of Happy Valley is standing against Lee Schalkwyk of Ghost Town for nomination by the ANC as a ward councillor candidate.

A source told The Witness, “The person said Myeni owns a soccer team when he does not own any team, but plays for Leicester City and he was in fact friends with Werner, who he also played soccer with. He was also in the same school with him.”

When asked about the claims, Schalkwyk said: “I am not going to say anything, but people know the truth. And I would not to do anything to tarnish the image of the ANC.”

Myeni said, “People from Happy Valley have nothing against their neighbours from Ghost Town. It has happened in the past where people were murdered from both areas and it was never related to politics.”

Myeni said it was sad that Werner, a person he went to school with, was disrespected by those who used his name to advance their political interests.

The ANC branch executive committee in ward 32 discussed the issues surrounding the Ghost Town and Happy Valley communities when they met yesterday to clarify that Werner’s death was purely criminal, and not politically related.

Spokesperson Lionel Fortein said: “We still do have two candidates, namely Schalkwyk and Myeni. There is no ward nominee because the regional executive committee would decide who is the nominee based on the public meeting and the audit done by the screening committee. Therefore there is no defeated candidate as yet.”

He said they are saddened by the death of Werner, who had made an impression as a footballer.

Meanwhile, residents of Ghost Town used the focus on the area to report that they have not had street lights for five years and that they have been reporting this to the municipality without any help.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Brian Zuma said the area is on the council’s current street lighting programme.

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