ANC 'depressed' after councillor's murder

The ANC's Makhosonke Msibi was murdered in Ulundi, KZN, on Sunday.

FILE: ANC flags at the party's Mangaung conference. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC in Kwazulu-Natal has been shocked by the violent death of ANC councillor Makhosonke Msibi who was murdered in Ulundi on Sunday.

Investigators say a man went to the councillor's house and asked for him by name.

When the councillor opened the door, he was shot several times.

The police's Vincent Mdunge says Msibi died instantly and they have opened an investigation into the murder.

"He tried to evade the attack but he had suffered multiple gunshot wounds and he succumbed. He was confirmed to have demised instantly at the scene. Currently, we are investigating a case of murder with aggravating circumstances."

No one has yet been arrested but the police have established a task team to search for the suspect.

The party believes the murder was politically motivated.

On Monday, the ANC leadership in KZN visited the victim's family to offer their condolences.

Provincial party spokesperson Senzo Mkhize says the death has had an impact on the entire leadership in this province.

"We are depressed, given the provincial leadership were supposed to convene and hold our Provincial Working Committee (PWC) in Durban, but we decided to come to Ulundi."

He said the victim's family and comrades were deeply affected.

"We visited the family and we've talked with comrades just to motivate them because they are depressed."

ANC KILLINGS

The ANC has been under the spotlight for the on-going murders of ANC leaders. North West Local Government MEC China Dodovu was arrested during an ANC provincial executive committee meeting in February in connection with the murder of ANC regional secretary Obuti Chika.

Chika was shot in the driveway of his Klerksdorp home during the ANC's national conference in Mangaung last year December.

Dodovu was charged with conspiracy to commit murder and later released on R20,000 bail.

He was serving as the regional secretary of the Dr Kenneth Kaunda district at the time.

Others accused for the murder include North West provincial ANC Youth League chairman Papiki Baboile, ward secretary Paul Molomonyane and municipal worker William Malefo.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu at the time said in-party violence must urgently be stopped.

"As ANC we would like to bring a stop to all these murders that seem to be political, that seem to be assassinations."

He added, "Working with the South African police, the ANC would like to bring this to an end."