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Probe political murders – ANC

KwaZulu-Natal officials agreed that Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa needs to intervene.

ANC supporters at the Freedom Day celebrations in Pretoria. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - The Police Ministry should set up a special unit to probe political murders in KwaZulu-Natal, the ANC said on Monday.

The party and its alliance partners discussed the issue at a provincial meeting on Sunday.

Officials agreed that Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa needs to intervene.

The ruling party said the special unit must ensure that the killings are thoroughly investigated.

ANC KwaZulu-Natal General Secretary Sihle Zikalala said they have lost five leaders since the beginning of 2012.

Officials from other political parties have also been killed in the violence.

"We need all cases of political killings to be investigated."

In the most recent case, ANC councillor Wandile Mkhize was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Margate after returning from the party's policy conference in Johannesburg.

His funeral was attended by President Jacob Zuma, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba and Mthethwa.

Nobody has been arrested for the crime.

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