Investigations on the killings of an African National Congress (ANC) Eastern Cape mayoral candidate Zolile Malangeni and his wife are currently underway.
Malangeni, an ANC councillor-in-waiting, was killed alongside his wife Ntombovuyo in their home in Mayamuleni, Tsolo, on Thursday night, in the presence of their two little children.
Until the time of their untimely deaths, Malangeni, aged 55, worked as a senior manager at OR Tambo Municipality’s Ntinga Development Agency, while his 49-year-old wife worked at the Local Economic Development department at Mhlontlo municipality.
Eastern Cape police spokesperson Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela confirmed on Saturday that the children were not physically harmed, but that Malangeni’s wife died at the house; while Malangeni died later in hospital.
Fatyela didn’t state the motive for the killing, but the spokesperson confirmed that no arrest have been made yet.
“We picked up evidence from a 9mm pistol and a case was opened. A task team has been set up to look specifically at this case.”
Meanwhile, the SA National Civics Organisation (Sanco) has criticized the killings. A statement issued by Sanco spokesperson, Jabu Mahlangu, called on communities to protect their councillors.
Zolile Malangeni Was Earmarked For A Senior Position
ANC regional chairperson, Xolile Nkompela, bewailed Malangeni’s painful exit; disclosing that the deceased was earmarked for the position of Speaker in the Mhlontle local council at a meeting earlier this week after winning ward 7 in Mhlontlo with 90.03% of the vote.
At least 22 political leaders reportedly lost their lives in the run-up to the local government elections in South Africa.
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. Trailing behind Kwa-Zulu Natal is Gauteng, as 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.