The African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape has confirmed its Nelson Mandela Bay Councillor candidate, Nceba Dywili was shot dead.
Just hours before his unforeseen demise on Tuesday night, Dywili was spotted campaigning with Human Settlement Minister and ANC NEC member Lindiwe Sisulu in Ward 4‚ Walmer.
ANC Councillor Marion Harning recalled the young man was last seen on Tuesday evening – few hours before his tragic end.
Harning took to the social media to pay tribute to Dywili. He posted:
“Late last night he was gunned down. Oh how angry and sad we feel. Oh the many memories of serving the ANC together we share.
Oh his wife and children. Oh all those whose lives he would have improved in council. Oh the waste‚ the pain‚ the cruelty.
Dear God. Take our soldier of the people in Your arms. He joins all our struggle heroes who have gone before. Rest in peace Nceba Dywili. We will never forget you.”
The ANC Eastern Cape says it’s still investigating the circumstances of the shooting and will visit Dywili’s family later on Wednesday.
Police Confirm Nceba Dywili’s Death
Meanwhile, Police spokesman, Constable Mncedi Mbombo confirmed the ward Councillor candidate was shot at about 9pm on Tuesday.
According to Mbombo, Dywili was dropping an ANC volunteer at a house at Zwide when he was accosted by two unknown men.
As gathered, the assassins shot him severally in the upper body while the volunteer was shot in the buttocks.
The police spokesman added that “Police are investigating a case of murder and attempted murder. No one has been arrested at the moment.”
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; with 44 attacks and 48 deaths.
Trailing behind Kwa-Zulu Natal is Gauteng; 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.
Dywili’s death now brings the number of murdered ANC leaders to thirteen.
Earlier reports indicate that a total of 12 ANC candidates have died in the latest killings – four in Pietermaritzburg, two in Newcastle and the rest from other parts of the province.