Task team to probe KZN shooting

2012-09-27 21:29

Durban - A task team has been set up to investigate the shooting of three ANC members in Welbedacht, near Chatsworth in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Thursday.

"The task team has already started to make tremendous inroads in terms of identifying the possible suspects in this regard," said provincial police spokesperson Colonel Vincent Mdunge.

African National Congress councillor Mthembeni Shezi, branch deputy chairperson Sbu Mpanza, and ward committee member Bulelani Mjoli were shot by two unknown gunmen on Wednesday night.

The gunmen entered a meeting held in a hall at Imbaliyethu High School and fired shots randomly.

Shezi [also known as Msizeni Ximba] died at RK Khan Hospital at 09:00.

Mdunge said the motive for the shooting was not known at this stage.

"We are issuing a warning to all these illicit criminals... we will act decisively, without shame and fear, to ensure that those who are responsible are brought to book and... rot in jail."

Mpanza and Mjoli were in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube has condemned the attack.

"These cowardly attacks are indeed an attack on the very democratic system of our government, as the victims are elected representatives," Dube said in a statement.

She said the killing of councillors was now becoming a "disturbing trend".

"If this cowardly use of violence on councillors is carried out with the intention to subvert the will of the people, it will not succeed."

Dube called on the leadership of the area to work together to ensure peace and stability, and to resist any temptation to jump to premature conclusions.

Earlier, ANC provincial spokesman Senzo Mkhize issued a statement condemning the "despicable" attack, which was the latest in a series of apparently politically-motivated incidents.

"The ANC deeply condemns these killings, which seem to be well-organised," he said.

"We condemn it, and we urge our law enforcement agencies to work tirelessly to bring those responsible for the attack to justice."

Shezi was a councillor and an ANC branch chairperson.

Police are investigating a case of murder and two of attempted murder.

Dube sent condolences to the Shezi family.

  • jacob.zooma.9 - 2012-09-27 21:38

    Only my cadres gets special treatment and a task team setup, the rest of the murders and rapes can go to hell....

  • denzil.davan - 2012-09-28 05:36

    Its ridiculous how fast resources are pulled to create task teams when ANC Members are affected by crime. The rest of us are just left to our own devices.

  • michel.pieterse - 2012-09-28 06:06

    Oh! now we act???

  • mphela.kelatu - 2012-09-28 06:42

    the road to mangaung!!! zulu is their tradition, culture, believe any block ur way thata umshini n dubula..... dat's what jz his being singing for some yrs,, so knw his machine is working funny thing it wont work any were in de country only kzn n mp

  • DSBennie - 2012-09-28 07:51

    So as soon as it is blacks being murdered it is a priority crime, but when 1000s of white farmers have been murdered it is not considered a priority crime and we are told to live with it???

  • klasgoran.olsson - 2012-09-28 08:01

    It is a tradgedy that conflicts within the party can´t be resolved in a peaceful way. Is it really legal to wear weapon in South Africa? Maybe, seriously, the ANC should spend much time in education and training all their members in peace ad conflict resolution. If this just goes on, so much of democratic approaches will be destroyed.

  • thomas.rikhotso.7 - 2012-09-28 08:49

    Mark my word! Dis 2 gunman are also 4reigners. U wl hear wen we've result. 4reiners are ol lions jst wearing sheeps skin. I'm not xenophic bt truly doesn't a relationship. Most of dem use bible 2 steal our country very slowly.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-09-28 08:55

    It is most disturbing that when differences of opinions arise in S.A politics...these people resort to the traditional way.....kill that person, and eliminate anyone who doesn't agree with's not only in the political's in the nature of their culture....if they want to live in a democracy....they need to rid themselves of traditional ways.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-09-28 09:00

      When I say rid yourselves of Traditional ways....I meant in regards to killing of people....not your everyday traditions.I had to clarify this, because I am aware how you value your culture.

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