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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: EWN by Clement Manyathela.]

Government says it is deeply concerned over the recent spate of killings of African National Congress (ANC) councillors in KwaZulu-Natal.

Twelve ANC leaders have been killed in the province in the last two months.

The most recent murders, on Monday, come less than two weeks ahead of the local government elections.

The Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department says while it has put plans in place to ensure that the local government elections will be free and fair, political killings in KwaZulu-Natal may jeopardise the polls.

Department spokesperson Legadima Leso said: “We want to ensure that we strengthen our democracy by tolerating each other and working together towards peaceful local government elections.”

The department is calling on political parties and independent candidates to uphold the electoral code of conduct.

It says law enforcement officers will be deployed in the area to ensure everyone is safe on 3 August.

Intervention

Yesterday, the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal called on the Minister of Police Nkosinathi Nhleko and Minister of State Security David Mahlobo to step in to bring stability to the province.

On Monday, ward councillor Bongani Skhosana was shot and killed while transporting children to school and in a separate incident on the same day, Khanyisile Ngobese-Sibisi was shot while on her way to a Mandela Day event in Ladysmith.

The KwaZulu-Natal ANC wants Premier Willies Mchunu to institute a commission of inquiry into political killings in the province and also wants the security cluster to be involved.

KZN ANC spokesperson Mdumiseni Ntuli said: “We can’t allow a situation where KwaZulu-Natal descends to the state it was in before 1994.”

Ntuli said the work by the commission and security cluster ministers will run concurrent with the ANC’s investigations into whether or not the latest killings are linked to divisions in the provincial party.

 

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