As a result of the chaos that resulted from the tragedy of three ANC leaders assassinations done withing 48 hours, the KwaZulu-Natal ANC spokesman mdumiseni Ntuli suggested that the hits on ANC leaders could be the work of party insiders who hire hit men to take out their comrades.
Ntuli spoke after 56-year-old Badedeli Ntshapa was gunned down on her way home after a pre-election meeting in Mbali township, outside Pietermaritzburg, on Wednesday night, while her colleague, 60-year-old Phetheni Ngubane, is in ICU with gunshot wounds.
There has been no arrest so far to this regard.
The attacked were both members of the party’s branch election team in Ward 15, while Ntshapa was also a member of the branch executive committee.
The attack was carried out a week after two members of the Ward 12 executive committee were gunned down within a day of each other, all in the Moses Mabhida region.
Though Ntuli was not being specific, he never ruled out the fact that the killers are not far from the party.
He said: “These may be politically motivated assassinations.
“We want to know whether or not the thugs who are doing this are (within the ANC) or have their handlers in the ANC.”
At least six ANC senior members have been killed in KZN since April 16.
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Meanwhile, Police Minister Nathi Nhleko recently established a political violence task team to look into the recurring murders, attacks and threats in the province.
“We have to ask how long the killings are going to continue, who’s next, where are they coming from and how far from us (the ANC) they are,” Ntuli wondered.
The tragedy of the ANC leaders assassinations in the province has reached the stage when the country’s political leadership needs to step up and see that justice is served.