Another tragedy struck one of South Africa’s opposition parties, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) last Friday when one of its members, Alson Mzwakhe Nkosi was gunned down in Abaqulusi, KwaZulu Natal.
Prior to his brutal killing, the deceased was the IFP Ward 3 candidate in Abaqulusi for the upcoming local government elections.
The party had earlier stated that none of its members were murdered in the lead up to the August 3 local government elections.
IFP Condemns Alson Mzwakhe Nkosi’s Killing
Responding later, IFP national chairperson Blessed Gwala condemned the killing of 44-year-old Alson Mzwakhe Nkosi. Gwala opined that the party is yet to fathom the motive for the killing.
Gwala, who spoke via a statement said, “We condemn this brutal killing of our member in the strongest possible terms. We do not know the motive for the killing as yet and we demand that the Task Team that has been set up by Premier Willies Mchunu to investigate the killing of ANC members must also investigate the killing of Mr. Alson Nkosi.
It is unacceptable that as we approach the local government elections in a few weeks, we are witnessing the wanton killing of our people. Mr Nkosi was a leader in his community and had a lot to contribute to governance in the area.
We cannot afford to have families torn apart by such violent acts. We need to have stability in all communities so that voters will go out and vote on election day. We convey our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr Nkosi and the leadership of the IFP in Abaqulusi.”
The IFP national leader, who doubles as KZN legislative leader, urged the KwaZulu-Natal multi-party task team to investigate the killing of Mr Nkosi and the killings of ANC members and bring the assassins to book.
“We demand that [multi-party] task team which has been set up by Premier Willies Mchunu to investigate the killing of ANC members to also investigate the killing of Mr Alson Nkosi,” he added.
The ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC) has lost at least 10 people in the province in what appears to be politically motivated killings.
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.
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), also lost his life in a hail of bullets, near Henley Dam outside Pietermaritzburg.