It is very appalling to note that the number of ANC members killed in Imbali, Pietermaritzburg province really escalated badly in the blink of an eye.
There is no gainsaying the fact that the gruesome killings of members of the ruling party has put the ANC in a difficult position that demands a great deal of soul-searching to fathom if the killings are related to internal disunity.
However, police investigations into the numerous killings have started paying off following the arrest and subsequent prosecution of a 40-year-old suspect accused of killing two ANC members last Wednesday in Imbali, Pietermaritzburg.
The man, who appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrates Court on Monday was charged with the murder of ANC activists, Badedile Tshapa (56) and Phetheni Ngubane (50).
The suspect was arrested with two other men on Thursday but charges against the two were dropped due to lack of evidence.
On the day of the crime, Badedile died on the scene while Phetheni later died in hospital after revealing her killers to her daughter. Her death was confirmed by Police spokeswoman Captain Nqobile Gwala, who said: “She died today and we are now investigating two counts of murder.”
The duo were returning from an ANC branch meeting when they were accosted and shot.
Meanwhile, a memorial service for the two women will be held tomorrow in Imbali while the suspect will remain in custody until 22 June for his bail application.
Also, ANC KZN chairman Sihle Zikalala expressed happiness with the arrests and applauded the police for treating the killings with urgency.
On June 1, Nathi Hlongwa, ANC branch chairman for Ward 12 in the Msunduzi Local Municipality, was gunned down. 24 hours before his death, a council official from the same ANC region was killed in an apparent ambush.
Simo Mncwabe, former chief financial officer in Mpofana Municipality (Mooi River), was also killed in a hail of bullets, near Henley Dam outside Pietermaritzburg.