ANC is going into elections reeling in pain: Zikalala
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 05:26:21
KwaZulu-Natal African National Congress (ANC) Chairperson Sihle Zikalala says the ANC is going into these elections reeling in pain.
He says three of its ward candidates have been killed in what is perceived to be political killings in the province.
Two of the three murdered party ward candidates were females.
Zikalala says, “ I wish to register for the first time we are contesting election in at least three wards with candidates who are no more, we will be contesting in Dannhouser an area ward where Comrade Thembi was gunned down.”
“ We are compelled to contest that ward, put up the posters with her face . Sadly on a very special day Mandela Day, we lost two comrades Comrade Skhosana in Harding as well as Comrade Khanyisile Ngobese Sibisi.”
We wish that we could do further voter education to say it does not help anyone to kill candidates
Meanwhile, the Independent Electoral Commission in KwaZulu-Natal has condemned the seemingly politically motivated killing of councillor candidates.
Provincial IEC chairperson, Mawethu Mosery, was briefing the media on the province’s readiness for next month’s Local Government elections.
The Hawks in the province earlier said at least 10 people had been shot dead in separate incidents that have been classified as politically motivated.
Mosery says they are in constant contact with security structures in the province.
“We are extremely concerned by this. We have indeed had urgent meetings with the provincial government as well as the police to get insight on what is going on in these case of candidate killings. We wish that we could do further voter education to say it does not help anyone to kill candidates.”