Task team to probe intra-party fighting link in killings – ANC KZN

2016-07-06 15:39
KZN provincial secretary Super Zuma and provincial spokesperson Mdumiseni Ntuli briefing the media on the latest developments in the NFP. (News24)

Durban – The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has formed a task team to investigate political killings in Newcastle following the brutal slaying of yet another member at the weekend, the party said on Wednesday.

Provincial secretary Super Zuma said the task team, which will be led by Bheki Sibiya, Mdumiseni Ntuli, Nonhlanhla Khoza and Comfort Ngidi would investigate if the underlying causes of the killings in Newcastle were linked to intra-party political fighting.

"Whether these political killings are orchestrated inside the organisation or by external forces, killings are killings and it is a criminal act and they should be treated as such."

He said once the task team has concluded its investigation, it will report to the ANC and the relevant structures will decide what to do with the findings.

Zuma said, "The ANC is still reeling in shock following the cold blooded murder of one of its leaders in Osizweni. Comrade Thembi Mbongo was gunned down by unknown assailants at her house shortly after returning from ANC campaign programmes in full view of her family and children."

According to the Newcastle Advertiser, Mbongo, who was reportedly the ward candidate in Ward 6, was preparing supper when two men knocked on the door and her husband answered. 

While Mbongo's husband was speaking to one man, another went into the house and started shooting.

Mbongo, who was reportedly shot four times, is one of several people, mostly in the ANC, who have been killed in what is believed to be politically motivated killings in the province.  

Zuma said the incident came shortly after the killing of ANC Youth League leader and an attempt on the life of the ANCYL secretary in eMalahleni.

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