Another ANC official shot dead in KZN
Mon, 18 Jul 2016 16:16:57
Another African National Congress (ANC) ward candidate has been shot dead, this time at Harding in southern KwaZulu-Natal.
Bongani Skhosana was transporting scholars in his mini bus when unknown gunmen opened fire, killing him in full view of the children.
Skhosana is the fifth ANC candidate to be killed during the election period.
In June, a female ANC candidate from Newcastle died in a hail of bullets.
Skhosana’s uncle Phila Skhosana has called for a quick arrest of those responsible.
“He was about to leave the house this [Monday] morning when he was shot. He normally transports school children to Harding. There were some children inside the car when the incident occurred. But they were not hurt. We want those responsible to face the law. We are suspecting that this is politically motivated – as a family we are heart broken,” says his uncle.
ANC provincial spokesperson Mdumiseni Ntuli says, “The ANC is deeply shocked by the news of the killing of Cadre Bongani Skhosana taking the kids to school. Cadre Bongani was murdered by a person who was very ruthless. We convey our condolences to his family and the membership of the ANC. These are dictators who want to sabotage our election campaign. We must remain vigilant and we must ensure that we persist in our efforts to secure the decisive victory for the ANC.”
MEC for Community Safety and Liaison, Mxolisi Kaunda, says the continued killings are worrying and are intended to intimidate people and compromise the freeness and fairness of the elections.
Meanwhile, the ANC in the province has called on police to speed up their investigation into the burning of party offices at Richmond in the midlands.
In 2015, the same municipal offices were also set on fire.
Ntuli says the incident will not detract them from the party’s election campaign.
“Well the ANC offices in Richmond sub-region have been set on fire. At the moment we do not have the full details as to what transpired and who is involved in that. But the leadership of the ANC in Moses Mabhida Region are following on the links, so that we can understand what this is about and where does it come from,” explains Ntuli.
The party’s provincial leadership including ANC KwaZulu-Natal chairperson Sihle Zikalala has visited Skhosana’s family to convey their condolences.