ANC woman shot dead

2016-07-04 12:52
Thembi Mbongo, an ANC ward candidate in Newcastle, was killed at her home on Saturday.

Thembi Mbongo, an ANC ward candidate in Newcastle, was killed at her home on Saturday. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - Another ANC ward candidate was gunned down in KwaZulu-Natal, at her home on Saturday night.

Thembi Mbongo (35), a candidate for Ward 6 outside Osizweni in Newcastle, was shot dead in her home in front of her husband and children by two unknown men who had knocked at her door requesting to speak to her.

ANC regional secretary Ntokozo Mhlungu told The Witness that one man entered the house first and asked Mbongo’s husband to show him who Thembi Mbongo was, while another man waited outside with a firearm.

Once Mbongo identified herself, the second man entered and shot at her four times, killing her with a bullet to the head.

Two more shots were fired while Mbongo’s husband struggled with the gunman and one of the bullets grazed him.

“We are deeply saddened by the cold-blooded assassination of a humble, generous woman who was going to be able to do the task as ward councillor,” said Mhlungu.

ANC provincial secretary Super Zuma said in a statement the murder was an act of cowardice, and that the ANC was deeply concerned at the killing of its ward candidates as the elections drew closer.

“We are very devastated and shocked at the senseless killing of Thembi, who was going to represent her community as their public servant. This is a tragic loss for her family, her community and the ANC,” he said.

Mbongo’s murder comes less than two months after the killing of ANCYL deputy regional chairperson Wandile Ngubeni, who was murdered at eMadadeni township.

“We believe that there is an orchestrated campaign to derail the ANC from an overwhelming victory in the Newcastle area and Amajuba District as a whole,” said Zuma, who appealed to police to act swiftly and conclude investigations into both cases.

“We are also appealing for our members to remain calm,” he said.

Zuma expressed the party’s condolences to Mbongo’s family, friends, community and membership of the ANC in the Emalahleni region.

“In her honour the ANC will work hard to ensure it governs the ward she would have represented the ANC in, and the Newcastle municipality,” he said.

“We have not yet discussed a replacement for her position and will still campaign in her name. We will do this for her and we will win that ward,” said Mhlungu, adding that the IEC would then declare who would take over the vacancy.

• arts@witness.co.za

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