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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: South African Monitor by Heinrich Matthee.]

On 10 August 2017, Shaheed Omar‚ 43‚ was driving with his mother Zubeida Omar in Cape Town, South Africa when his car was hijacked. The men who then shot and killed the nephew of former minister of justice and African National Congress (ANC) veteran Dullah Omar had no intention of robbing him.

The killing has occurred amidst increased political intimidation between factions of the ruling ANC. The deceased’s aunt and younger sister of the former ANC minister of justice‚ Mariam Omar‚ stated yesterday: “We are trying to come to grips with the situation but it is very difficult. It’s absolutely senseless. They didn’t take anything [and] he offered them the car and whatever they wanted‚ but they didn’t take anything. They just shot him and then left. Fortunately his mother was unharmed.”

Last week, the Omar family released a statement distancing the late stalwart from the current ANC leadership under the scandal-ridden president Jacob Zuma. Their statement came before an important parliamentary no-confidence motion brought by opposition parties against Zuma, which could have pushed him from power.

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