The African National Congress (ANC) in Northern Cape has expressed disappointment over the arrest of one of its councillors, Zoniselo Magawu, who was accused of killing a councillor of the Democratic Alliance (DA) Johannes Baaitjies.
Speaking in a statement on Monday, the party noted with regret the arrest of the senior officer. It also slammed the accused for ‘wasting’ the life of the councilor.
However, the party added:
“If the allegations levelled against the suspect are proven to be true by a court of law, the ANC’s code of conduct for public representatives and its disciplinary code, as stipulated in clause 16 of our constitution, would be applicable immediately.”
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Zoniselo Magawu, the ANC branch secretary in Danielskuil and party secretary of the ZF Mgcawu Region, appeared in the Postmasburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday in connection with the murder.
The 29-year-old was also charged with attempted murder of Shuping Nosi – Baaitjies’ business partner – who was wounded in the attack. He was remanded in custody and would return to court on August 29.
The deceased, a Danielskuil ward councilor in the Kgatelopele municipality, was killed last week after he was allegedly lured to what he believed was a business meeting. His body was subsequently dumped near his car in Groenwater in the Northern Cape.
The life of the 49-year-old councillor was ‘wasted’ just hours before he was due to be sworn in. His murder was believed to be politically motivated because he reportedly alerted his family and friends about death threats issued to him after he wrestled control of Danielskuil ward from the hands of the ANC in the municipal election.
Meanwhile, Nosi, a business partner of the murdered councilor has been declared brain-dead. Reports had it that his family has also been told about the ugly development. Brain death is a total and irreversible loss of brain function (including the death of vital involuntary activity necessary to sustain life).