'No need to beef up Mangaung security after NW murder'

Gwede Mantashe says security in place in Mangaung is sufficient for the ANC's conference.

ANC’s Gwede Mantashe says the security in place in Mangaung is sufficient for the conference. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

MANGAUNG - African National Congress (ANC) leaders on Friday said there was no need to beef up security following the assassination of North West regional secretary Obuti Chika earlier.

Chika was gunned down outside his home in Klerksdorp on Friday morning.

The ANC described the killing as the "result of opportunism and materialism".

A number of ANC leaders have been targeted by criminals in the province in recent weeks as the party's national elective conference has drawn closer.

The ANC said Chika's assassination was not a political act but rather a criminal one.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said there was no need to overreact in terms of security in light of the killing.

"We are not going to [get into] a new gear because there is an incident in the North West. Security for the conference is taken seriously."

He insisted there would be enough security at the elective conference in Mangaung, saying he was not concerned about violent attacks.

Earlier, Mantashe had also said that elections were a life and death situation for some members because it influenced their livelihoods.

The ANC is holding its elective conference at the University of the Free State.

The much anticipated gathering starts on Sunday.

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Meanwhile, there were lengthy queues in the accreditation centre for the conference on Friday afternoon.

The queues snaked around the entire building as attendants waiting to receive their accreditation ahead of the conference.

Attendees also questioned why they had to pre-register in Johannesburg for the conference if they were made to repeat the process again in Mangaung.