KZN ANC candidates killed on Mandela Day to be laid to rest

2016-07-22 17:02
ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa has compared those assassinating ANC candidates in the province to 'witches'. (News24)

Durban - The two African National Congress candidates killed hours apart on Monday, Mandela Day, will be buried over the weekend, the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal said on Friday.

Bongani Skhosana, a Ward 1 candidate in the Umziwabantu municipality, in the Lower South Coast region, was killed in his car, in front of his children as he was about to take them to school.

Khanyisile Ngobese-Sibisi, 41, was shot in the afternoon while on her way to donate goods at a Mandela Day event in Ladysmith.

Skhosana's funeral service is set to take place at his family home in Satombe in Umziwabantu, on Sunday, provincial spokesperson Mdumiseni Ntuli said. NEC member Nocawe Mafu was expected to attend.

Ngobese-Sibisi's funeral service will be held at the Ladysmith Indoor Sports Complex on Saturday. Provincial chairperson Sihle Zikalala was expected to attend the funeral.

About 12 ANC candidates have been killed in the province recently, ahead of the August 3 elections.

On Thursday, ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa compared those assassinating ANC candidates in the province to "witches" and warned that they would get caught.

"I want to send a warning that if you think that you are going to finish the ANC by executing our candidates, we are going to get you," he told about 1 000 supporters at a rally in Folweni, south of Durban.

"They are like witches; those doing such evil deeds are like witches. It is clear that there are those who don't want us to succeed in these elections."

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