ANC leaders urged to probe assassinations

The ANC in KZN has called on the NEC to put measures in place to curb the “assassinations of its leaders”.

The ANC in KZN has called on the NEC to put measures in place to curb the “assassinations of its leaders”.

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) on Sunday said it had made submissions to the party's National Executive Committee (NEC) to put measures in place to curb the "assassinations of its leaders".

Several prominent ANC members have been killed in that province, with the most recent being councillor Wandile Mkhize, who was gunned down outside his home in Manaba, Margate, in June.

The councillor was with his friend Nhlakanipho Shabane at the time of the attack.

Both men were shot several times. Mkhize died on the scene, but Shabane was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

He died of his injuries last week Monday.

The KZN Provincial Executive Committee made a call to its national leaders to push for the establishment of a national task team to probe the murders.

ANC spokesperson Sihle Zikalala said it was up to the NEC to decide.

"We hope the national leadership will give guidance and try to find ways of ensuring that these killings are properly investigated."

Zikalala said the probe should also focus on the murders of members of other parties and not just of the ruling party.

"Losing leadership after assassination is problematic, especially in a democratic society."

Meanwhile, the City Press newspaper on Sunday reported that the party's secretary general Gwede Mantashe had already ordered a probe into the killings of ANC members.

According to the paper, the assassinations were top of the agenda at the NEC's lekgotla this past weekend.