Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed a crowd of about 1000 at a mini rally in Folweni, south of Durban, on Thursday. (Amanda Khosa, News24)
Durban – The ANC is coming for you. This was the stern warning the party's deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday gave to those assassinating ANC candidates in KwaZulu-Natal.
"To those who are killing our candidates and hell-bent on being executioners of our candidates. 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."
Ramaphosa was speaking at a mini rally in Folweni, south of Durban, where he was addressing a crowd of about 1 000 people.
He said those who committed the senseless killings in the province, where about 12 ANC candidates have died in what are believed to be politically motivated killings, would be brought to book.
On Nelson Mandela Day [Monday], two ANC members and candidates were shot and killed just a few hours apart.
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 Sibisi, 41, was shot in the afternoon while on her way to donate goods at a Mandela Day event in Ladysmith.
Deaths linked to suspected politically motivated killings in KwaZulu-Natal have risen in the lead-up to the August 3 local government elections.
According to a Mercury newspaper report, the latest killings bring the total number of ANC member deaths to 12 - four in Pietermaritzburg, two in Newcastle and the rest from other parts of the province.
Among them was Thembi Mbongo‚ 35‚ a candidate for Ward 6, outside Osizweni, near Newcastle. She was shot dead in front of her husband and children on July 2. Her killers knocked at the door of her home and asked to speak to her.
On June 8, ANC members Badedile Tshapha, 54, and Phetheni Ngubane, 50, were shot while making their way home from a branch general meeting in Imbali, Pietermaritzburg.
Former Mpofana municipality chief financial officer Simo Mncwabe was killed in Edendale while taking his children to school.
ANC Edendale branch chairperson Nathi Hlongwa was also shot dead in Mbali township.
Ramaphosa said, "We are going to make sure that we get you and [you are arrested] because the ANC cannot be intimidated by the killing of our candidates. Worst of all is that they are cowards who are going around killing women who are candidates.
"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. It is clear that there are those that want us to lose."
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