An ordinary member of the ruling party, African National Congress (ANC) met her untimely death on Wednesday night while returning home from a branch meeting in Imbali, Pietermaritzburg with another woman.
The victims, aged 50 and 60 were accosted and shot on their way home after the ANC branch general meeting in ward 15.
KwaZulu-Natal Transport MEC Mxolisi Kaunda said in a statement on Thursday “One died on the scene, while the other one is fighting for her life at a local hospital. The two are reported to be ordinary members of the ANC.”
Sadly, the number of hair-raising political killings in the country has left many worried. Last week, Mpofana municipality chief financial officer Simo Mncwabe, 39, drew his last breath in Edendale, Pietermaritzburg, while taking his children to school.
Prior to Mncwabe’s gruesome murder, he reportedly received threats and subsequently resigned, fearing for his life.
Also, Nathi Hlongwa, ANC branch chairman for Ward 12 in the Msunduzi Local Municipality, was recently gunned down.
Also, Dokolwane Mbuyiselo, ANC Councillor for Ward 119, was killed in Freedom Park, near Eldorado Park.
Meanwhile, ANC provincial spokesman Mdumiseni Ntuli has confirmed the shooting on Wednesday night that took the life of one person.
Jackson Mthembu, ANC’s chief whip in parliament, sent the following message on Twitter: “We are filled with grief, sorrow and pain after the spraying with bullets of #ANCBranchLeaders, last night.”
On the other hand, KZN Transport MEC Mxolisi Kaunda says police are investigating cases of murder and attempted murder.
He sadly condemned the killing, which he said came a day after the SA Human Rights Commission released a statement expressing its concern about politically motivated killings, especially in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.
According to the commission, over the past five years, there had been about 50 politically-motivated killings, mainly in the two provinces.