The ANC has promised to deal with the assassins behind the killings of ANC candidates in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
According to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa who gave this stern warning on Thursday; plans are underway to invade their tents and have them arrested.
He said: “To those who are killing our candidates and hell-bent on being executioners of our candidates. I want to send a warning that if you think that you are going to finish the ANC by executing our candidates, we are going to get you.”
The murderers will not only be arrested, they will also be brought to book and will be harshly tormented.
Ramaphosa was speaking at a mini rally in Folweni, south of Durban, where he was addressing a crowd of about 1 000 people.
He described the assassins as cowards who go about murdering women. “….Worst of all is that they are cowards who are going around killing women who are candidates.
They are like witches; those doing such evil deeds are like witches. It is clear that there are those who don’t want us to succeed in these elections. It is clear that there are those that want us to lose,” Ramaphosa alleged.
He said the ANC cannot be intimidated by the killing of its candidates in what is believed to be politically motivated killings.
A recent survey by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) on public violence has indicated that in most of the 100 political attacks in the country since 2013, the ANC is involved.
The institution also found that KwaZulu-Natal has been the crime scene of most of these politically-linked deaths; with 44 attacks and 48 deaths.
Trailing behind Kwa-Zulu Natal is Gauteng; the province has so far recorded 18 attacks, out of which 6 led to death.
Behind Gauteng are Eastern Cape, Limpopo, the Western Cape, Mpumalanga, North West and the Northern Cape.
Deaths Of ANC Candidates In Recent Time
Reports indicate that a total of 12 ANC candidates have died in the latest killings – four in Pietermaritzburg, two in Newcastle and the rest from other parts of the province.
Among them was 35-year-old Thembi Mbongo‚ ANC candidate for Ward 6, Newcastle. She was shot dead in front of her husband and children on July 2.
ANC members Badedile Tshapha, 54, and Phetheni Ngubane, 50, were shot on June 8 on heir way home from a branch general meeting in Imbali, Pietermaritzburg.
Former Mpofana municipality chief financial officer, Simo Mncwabe was shot and killed in Edendale while taking his children to school.
ANC Edenale branch chairperson, Nathi Hlongwa, was also shot dead in Mbali township.