No end to political killings in KZN

2017-11-24 09:15

With the Moerane Commission still investigating the political killings at KwaZulu-Natal it’s disheartening that the province still continues to experience same brutal killings of politicians. This comes after reports that Sthe Mhlongo, who was a member of the ANC Youth League is the latest victim to be assassinated at his home in Mphophomeni.

What’s even sadder is that no arrest has been made since this trend started around March 2014. This is happening mostly within the ANC structures and it seems it is the young and upcoming leaders that are being targeted. The killing comes after ANC member Lungisani Mguni was assassinated in Camperdown close to Pietermaritzburg on Monday. Just a month ago former ANCYL secretary Sindiso Magaqa was killed in the same manner.

Testifying before the Moerane commission KwaZulu-Natal ANC chairperson Sihle Zikalala said the blame cannot only be shifted to ANC in the province, after IFP was blaming ANC for all the killings. They told the commission that ANC is always the common denominator when there’s violence in the province. They said their members have been killed for long and they’ve been calling for investigation but they were turning a blind eye.

Politics seems to be a dangerous game in KZN as this trend is intensifying and with the ANC heading to national executive congress in December we can only hope and pray that we won’t see much of this. We can only assume this is because of the power and benefits that come with it because we saw lot of these killings happening prior to local government elections. With new leadership going to be elected it's clear there are factions within structures though they need to exercise political tolerance.

This act should be condemned at all levels. As we are waiting for the Moerane commission to conclude its investigation we can only hope that we won’t see much more of this inhuman behaviour. Political tolerance is going to be needed with this much anticipated elective conference because they all need power and they’re of the same root. Law enforcers must also do their utmost best to bring perpetrators to book because it is becoming a norm now.

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