ANC election candidate shot dead in front of his kids in KZN

2016-07-18 15:03

Durban – A KwaZulu-Natal ANC member and election candidate was shot dead in front of his children on Monday, the party said.

Bongani Skhosana was killed in his car, in front of his children as he was about to take them to school on Monday morning, provincial spokesperson Mdumiseni Ntuli said.

He was a Ward 1 candidate in the Umziwabantu municipality, in the Lower South Coast region.

ANC provincial secretary Super Zuma called on law enforcement agencies to increase their visibility in known hotspots and to beef up security ahead of the August 3 elections.

"We are concerned that as we near the local government elections, we are losing our ward candidates. What is more saddening is this cowardly act of the killing our comrades in front of children."

Zuma urged police to quickly investigate all politically-linked killings, to ensure peace and stability during the elections.

He pleaded with ANC members not to take the law into their own hands.

He said they were troubled that such a barbaric act on Nelson Mandela Day was causing an "embarrassing scene".

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane confirmed the murder.

At least another five ANC members have been killed in the province tin he past two months.

Thembi Mbongo‚ 35‚ a candidate for Ward 6, outside Osizweni, near Newcastle, 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 Wednesday, 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. Tshapha died on the scene. Ngubane died in hospital the next day.

During the previous week, two Pietermaritzburg men were killed. Former Mpofana municipality chief financial officer Simo Mncwabe was killed in Edendale while taking his children to school. The ANC’s Edenale branch chairperson, Nathi Hlongwa, was shot dead in Mbali township.  






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