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Proper investigations needed to curb political killings: Analyst

Violence monitor and analyst from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Mary de Haas, says proper investigations are needed to curb political killings.

The African National Congress (ANC) in KZN has raised concerns following a spate of killings of its councillor candidates ahead of the August local government elections.

More than 10 ANC members, including candidates for the coming local government elections have been killed this year. On Monday, two of the party’s ward candidates were gunned down in separate incidents.

Speaking on AM Live, De Haas says to deal with this problem, crime intelligence and detective services need to step in as these killings are carried out by trained hit men.

She says the political killings in the province are caused by factions in the ANC, where one group is supporting former Premier Senzo Mchunu and the other supporting provincial party chairperson, Sihle Zikalala.

“There are a lot of internal tensions and resentment over nominations, which is part of the on-going power struggle.”

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