The ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC) has raised alarm after one of its supporters was slashed with panga.
As gathered, the unidentified supporter was accosted by a man outside a polling station in Pongola‚ northern KwaZulu-Natal.
As related in a statement issued by the ANC on Wednesday; the victim was hacked while he queued up for his turn at the polling unit. The perpetrator later took to his heels after accomplishing his mission.
ANC spokesman, Mdumiseni Ntuli, however disclosed that the victim has been taken to hospital where he is in a critical but stable condition.
ANC Appalled By Pongola Attack
ANC provincial secretary, Super Zuma, said while the ANC cannot at this stage speculate on what might have led to the attack as the police are still investigating; the party is nonetheless dismayed that such a momentous occasion in South Africa’s history should be marred by the gruesome attack.
Though the ANC claimed that the perpetrator’s identity was known to the community; KwaZulu-Natal IEC spokesperson, Thabani Ngwira, said the electoral body has no knowledge of the incident and won’t comment further.
On the other hand, effort to have KwaZulu-Natal police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane confirm the incident was unsuccessful.
Pongola is a small town situated in a very beautiful and fertile valley on the N2, near the Lubombo Mountains, in the valleys of Zululand.
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 politically-linked deaths and attacks; 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.