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Mantashe: Political killings shouldn't overshadow election process

Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe says the manner in which the deaths were reported has been exaggerated.

FILE: ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe says the ruling party is dealing with the recent political killings linked to the selection of candidates, but the manner in which it has been reported has been exaggerated.

Mantashe was speaking at Luthuli House yesterday ahead of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)'s deadline for candidate lists for this year's local government elections.

Outside the ANC headquarters, dozens of party members demonstrated against the lists, claiming some of them have been tampered with.

Mantashe says while there have been political killings, they should not overshadow the election process.

He says the rate of political killings related to elections was not worse this year and it was unfortunate that this was being reported on in a manner that overshadowed the process.

"We have concerns our political structure in KwaZulu-Natal is an indication of that conflict. The was conflict in Emalahleni."

Mantashe says mayoral candidates would only be selected within the next two weeks, once the party knows who the councillors are.

Earlier in the afternoon, some stormed the foyer where Mantashe was due to address the media.

He said the members' grievances were being heard.