The African National Congress (ANC) says the party is ready to apprehend and dismember thugs who hide behind the party’s colour to commit all forms of atrocities.
This message was disclosed during the funeral service of an ANC member, Simon Modige, who was gunned down outside the ANC branch executive committee meeting at the Tshwane Events Centre in Pretoria on June 19.
Gauteng premier, David Makhura, who spoke at the gloomy event told his listeners that “Not everyone who sings and dresses in an ANC outfit is an honest member of the party.
Criminals are hiding behind our colours to kill and loot from hard-working citizens. They fight violently for contracts and subcontracts. They carry guns to our meetings. We can’t allow our members to be intimidated by these criminals.”
Simon Modige’s Death
Modige was killed a day before Thoko Didiza was announced as Tshwane candidate mayor as endorsed by the ANC. He was shot in the stomach and thigh when a scuffle broke out between two unknown men.
Twane violence saw many died, shops looted and several others wounded but president Jacob Zuma is yet to comment on the gruesome violence.
Speaking during the funeral which held in Stinkwater, Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa described Simon a good member of the party.
“He was part of the steering committee for a multi-purpose centre that is being built. He was also a member of the steering committee of the water purification project in Temba, which will see his community receiving household water connections. He worked hard to see that there was development in the community,” the mayor said.
Ramokgopa also promised to ensure that all the projects Simon Modige was involved in are completed on time.
However, no one has been made for his killing.
It is very appalling to note that the number of ANC members across some provinces in the country has really escalated badly in the blink of an eye.
No doubt, 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 recent arrest and subsequent prosecution of a 40-year-old suspect accused of killing two ANC members in Imbali, Pietermaritzburg.