No arrest in ANC councillor shooting

2016-11-17 06:00
PHOTO: precious gumede Councillor Thembinkosi Zoleka at the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality inauguration.

PHOTO: precious gumede Councillor Thembinkosi Zoleka at the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality inauguration.

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NO arrests have been made after the ANC councillor, Thembinkosi “Commando” Zoleka, was shot a week ago at his home in Margate last Thursday, but police said investigations are continuing.

Its alleged the suspect went into Zoleka’s bedroom when he was sleeping and shot him. At the time his wife and children were doing homework in the dining room.

A statement sent out by ANC provincial spokesperson Mdumiseni Ntuli said the attack is “very sketchy”.

Ntuli said they are saddened and shocked about the killing of Commando, an activist, who was recently elected as a member of the ANC Lower South Coast region, REC Working Committee member and a Proportional Representation councillor in the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality.

“The passing of Zoleka will leave a void in the ranks of the ANC, the alliance and the democratic movement in general, which won’t be easy to fill,” said Ntuli.

ANC provincial secretary, Super Zuma said they have lost a dedicated comrade.

“In him, we have lost a dedicated comrade, a father and a true revolutionary who served our community with dedication.
“His outstanding leadership skills will be missed by many in the ANC, especially those who benefited from his unparalleled wisdom.

“We are shocked and outraged by this mysterious murder and find his murder an act of viciousness,” said Zuma.

On Tuesday local ANC councillors and ANC leadership in the region visited Zoleka’s home to pay tribute to the family.

Regional chair Mzwandile Mkwanazi said they are saddened by the killing of Commando as he was a prominent leader in many spheres.

Mkwanazi said Commando was a a former chair for Sadtu in the region and president of the schools council.

He said Commando was an intellectual and as the ANC they ask the public to stop speculating about what happened.

Mkhwanazi urged the public not to interfere with investigations.

“We want the law to handle the case as it is very dangerous to speculate and misdirect information,” said Mkhwanazi.

“Commando was a humble man who only lived by the ANC and who only knew the ANC. The family has lost a breadwinner because he was the breadwinner,” he said.
Mkhwanazi said they also just learnt that Commando comes from Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s family, which is something he had never mentioned to anyone.

“He was the type of person who never wanted recognition, but lived for the revolution,” said Mkhwanazi.

Zoleka’s family was contacted for comment, but no comment was received as the family is still in shock and busy with the funeral arrangements.

A memorial service will be held at Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre today at 9am.

Thembinkosi “Commando” Zoleka will be laid to rest at his home in Mbhongweni Village in Mbizana on Saturday.


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