Two more ward candidates attacked in KwaZulu-Natal, says Cele after visiting Thulani Shangase's family

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  • Bheki Cele said Thulani Shangase was killed at a place where alcohol was consumed.
  • In KZN, there have been approximately six politically-related killings.
  • There are 300 voting stations deemed as high risk for the upcoming municipal elections.

After the killing of EFF Msunduzi councillor candidate Thulani Shangase, Police Minister Bheki Cele raised concerns about the role of alcohol with regard to the crime rate.

On Wednesday, Cele visited the areas affected by politically-related violence in the Pietermaritzburg area. 

Last Friday, an ANC eThekwini councillor candidate, Siyabonga Mkhize, was shot dead in Cato Crest, while Shangase was gunned down in Caluza on Sunday evening.

Shangase was shot after returning from a campaign meeting in Dambula, Herwood.

However, Cele said Shangase was killed while he was having a few drinks, which is why he added that alcohol issues were a huge problem.

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After a visit to Shangase's family, Cele said: 

Alcohol, sometimes, can be a generator of crime situations... sometimes very serious, such as this one, where we lost lives. Sometimes it is abuse and rape.

He said the government should come together to ensure that issues of alcohol and entertainment were controlled, in order to prevent loss of life.

Shangase's case has now been handed to a police political task team.

At least six people have been killed in politically-related killings in KwaZulu-Natal.

Attacks

Cele said there were two other people who had been victims of political attacks in KwaDukuza, but had survived.

"I know that the candidate of ward 36, KwaMashu hostel, is not staying at the hostel as we speak, because his life is under threat."

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Cele said almost 23 000 voting stations had been profiled for the municipal elections. Approximately 19 000 stations were at a low risk level, 3 000 were medium-risk, and 300 voting stations were high risk.

"Unfortunately, those that are high risk will be from [KZN], Gauteng, Tshwane, Western Cape and Eastern Cape," Cele said.

He said the police were working with the SANDF to monitor the high risk areas.

"But there will be not a single voting station that will be without a member of the South African Police Service," added Cele.

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