Third man held for killing of ANC leaders

2012-10-08 21:42

Durban - Police said on Monday a third man has been arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of two ANC branch leaders in September.

Colonel Jay Naicker said the 32-year old man was arrested in Bloemfontein and was expected to appear in the Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

ANC branch secretary Bheki Chiliza, 39, and chairperson Dumisani Malunga, 42, were shot dead while driving in the Oshabeni area at 21:30 on 16 September.

Samuel Cele, 34, and Sifiso Khumalo, 31, were arrested the next day.

Khumalo pleaded guilty to the shooting and was sentenced by the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg to 22 years for the murder of Dumisani Malunga.

In an explanation of plea read to the court, Khumalo claimed that Cele had arranged for a hitman to kill Malunga.

However, unbeknown to them, the hitman found Malunga and Chiliza together and decided to kill them both.

On Monday, Naicker declined to confirm whether the third man arrested, from the Boboyi area of Port Shepstone, was the hitman.

Meanwhile, political parties have condemned the kidnapping and killing of an IFP councillor in KwaMashu at the weekend.

"KwaZulu-Natal alone witnesses political assassination almost every year and this tendency must be condemned in the strongest possible terms as senseless acts of violence only foment further violence," Democratic Alliance councillor Zwakele Mncwango said on Monday.

Inkatha Freedom Party councillor Themba Xulu was abducted from his home in KwaMashu's A-Section on Friday, allegedly by five men posing as policemen.

His body was discovered in an area known as eTafulene, near Durban, on Sunday.

Mncwango said the DA was concerned about the increase in political killings in the province.

"The death of any councillor is so unnecessary and is illustrating yet again how intolerant our society has become," he said.

Colonel Jay Naicker said people collecting mushrooms discovered Xulu's body and alerted the police.

Xulu sustained multiple gunshot wounds and his body appeared to show early signs of decomposition, Naicker said.

Congress of the People spokesperson Graham McIntosh said Xulu's killing was a concern because it was well-planned and indicated political intolerance.

"Cope strongly believes that political tolerance must be a pillar and strength of any democratic nation. We also need to examine our justice system so that we develop proper punishment for people who participate in premeditated murders."

National Freedom Party president Zanele Magwaza-Msibi appealed to the police to speed up investigations into the killings at the hostel.

"We call on police to conduct raids at the hostel as it is clear that there are arms caches hidden there to fan these ongoing political killings."

She said more police needed to be deployed at the hostel.

"We also call on Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to put a permanent mobile police station [there] to monitor the situation, as failure to do so might see political violence returning to the hostel."

Three NFP members were recently shot dead at the hostel, she said.

The NFP was formed prior to the 2011 local government elections when former IFP national chair Magwaza-Msibi left the party.

  • altusvanzyl - 2012-10-08 22:06

    Wtf? Crime affects us all. Just normal crime.

      koos.vandermerwe.338 - 2012-10-09 05:18

      This is just normal crime. Why are they not chopped to pieces?

      richard.bosmano - 2012-10-09 11:03

      Pity they wern't tortured in front of their family's before being killed. Just normal crime

  • sedick.gydien - 2012-10-08 22:13

    Sad. The unnecessary loss of life is always regrettable, and when we start killing people because of political affiliation, even sadder - use your vote to get what you want......condolences to the loved ones!!!

  • - 2012-10-08 22:17

    A good old "smokkel" gone wrong. Too many diggers and too little gold! As long as it's not me, my family or my people, carry on please. There is no honour among thieves. Get rid of one another. Suits me fine. - 2012-10-08 22:52

      My previos post is to clarify that this is not about politics but rather about money and power! The one with the most power is the one with the most money. Politics is about "the people".The sooner the people of South Africa realise it, the better. That's why most of them are being deprived of education. Education is power! A quick logical calculation: Children - textbooks = no education No education = no job No job = crime Crime = take stuff for free Take stuff for free = theft/rape/murder Theft/rape/murder = court cases/ jail Court cases/ jail = money (Money is running out because of fraud and corruption) No money = no court case = free criminal!!! And then the circle starts again!

      derek.edwards.75491 - 2012-10-09 08:06

      to quote a line from Cry the beloved Country by Andre Brink "Show me an educated Ka**er and I will show you trouble" This was muttered by the racist afrikaner character in the book Looks like the cANCer took that to mean dont educate them

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-10-08 22:30

    Welcome to the murder capital of the world, the rape capital too. Ruled by the most corrupt, incompetent and greedy polititions in the world. Voted for by the most ignorant people in the world. We're famous.

  • PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-10-08 23:17

    Apologies in advance if this appears insensitive, but I was happier to read about the rhino poachers who got killed/caught than I am about this story. Sad, eh? Wish it wasn't so.

  • johan.fourie.566 - 2012-10-09 05:34

    He with the other two is innocent. This is a b s. I have not seen any cANCer leader and I don’t know of such a thing. How could he kill a cANCer leader? They don’t exist.

  • sean.odonnell.1466126 - 2012-10-09 08:36

    Political Intolerance, intimidation of non strikers.... and to think SA has "the best" democracy in Africa (maybe the world??). Quite scary isn't it? Zimboville has provided our politicians with a wonderful model.

  • mshiniboys - 2012-10-09 08:49

    It sounds like gang members fighting for turfs to me.where are we headed?

  • letme.suckitbaby - 2012-10-09 10:08

    black girls killing it

      mshiniboys - 2012-10-09 10:16

      what is the moral of your story?

  • freedom.nation.5 - 2012-10-09 13:14

    let them kill each other!!!!

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