Families are still having a hard time coming to terms with the recent ANC leaders killings. The tragic end of three ANC leaders within 48 hours raised a lot of eyebrows in the country, while some linked the deaths to political hits.
One of the victims of the assassinations, Thabo Moroa, 35, who was a South African National Civic Organisation member as well as the ANC branch leader in North West, was targeted and killed by gunmen at his Maboloka, Brits home in the early hours of a Saturday morning.
Moroa’s family has maintained the view that his murder was politically motivated and blatantly connected to the contentious ANC process to nominate candidates for the upcoming local government elections.
Suspected political killings also linked to Councillor list nomination processes in the ruling party have been reported in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.
A task team has been put in place by Police Minister Nathi Nhleko to investigate the ANC leaders killings which have been alleged to be politically motivated.
A family spokesman Aaron Moroa, recounted the event that led to the death of Moroa who was sleeping at his home when he was attacked.
“My brother was sleeping in his children’s bedroom at around 2am when three men gained access into his home. His male friend was sleeping in the other room. According to witnesses, one (attacker) remained outside while three entered the house by breaking his lounge (room) window.
“The armed men proceeded to the bedroom where Thabo was sleeping and opened fire on him. Two bullets struck him on both his legs and he managed to flee to the kitchen where the gunmen followed him and finished him off with bullets. His friend, who was attempting to flee, was shot and injured and later taken to hospital,” he said.
Neighbors who were woken up by the gunshots confirmed that they saw four men fleeing in a vehicle waiting for them outside.
The wife and two young girls aged two and seven of the deceased were not in the house at the time of the attack.
Meanwhile, ANC provincial spokesperson Diale Kgantsi pleaded with members not to act on the speculation that Moroa’s death and the other ANC leaders killings were politically linked.
“The community must not be misled by speculations and we plead with them to allow police to do their work. There are problems arising from the Councillors nomination process. We are addressing their (members’) grievances through community meetings.
“Those who manipulate nominations will face consequences,” Kgantsi said.