ANC: Killings show political bankruptcy

2013-08-12 16:22
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Johannesburg - Political killings such as the murder of an ANC councillor in Ulundi are an indication of political bankruptcy and immaturity of people who had been rejected by the people of KwaZulu-Natal, the party said on Monday.

KwaZulu-Natal co-operative governance MEC Nomusa Dube identified the murdered councillor as Makhosonke Msibi.

 "The perpetrators should learn from history. These acts simply serve to make us even more determined to entrench full democracy and free political activity throughout KwaZulu-Natal."

He said Msibi was shot dead barely hours after he had returned from a ceremony welcoming hundreds of new members from the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and the National Freedom Party (NFP) in Nongoma.

Msibi was shot dead at his home in Ulundi on Sunday at 19:00, provincial police said.

Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Mdunge said a man knocked at the door soon after the councillor had returned home from a meeting in Nongoma. His son opened the door and a man asked to see the councillor.

"The man fired shots at him when he emerged. He tried to run into his bedroom but it was too late... he suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was declared dead at the scene."

Mdunge said the motive for the shooting was not known and no arrest had been made. A case of murder was opened.

Zululand District Municipality mayor and National Freedom Party (NFP) president Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi called on police to arrest those involved in the killing of Msibi.

"I call on police to investigate and arrest the perpetrators as we do not want our province to be involved in political violence once again. It is worrying when political leaders are getting killed especially when electioneering intensifies."

KaMagwaza-Msibi is not related to the slain councillor.
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