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'Killing of ANC Newcastle councillor candidate an act of pure criminality'

A provincial police task team has now been set up to work with the Hawks to investigate last night's shooting.

Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says the killing of its KwaZulu-Natal ward councillor candidate, Thembi Mbongwa, is a pure act of criminality.

A provincial police task team has now been set up to work with the Hawks to investigate last night's shooting, in which Mbongwa was shot dead in full view of her family in Newcastle.

Her husband was also wounded and no arrests have yet been made.

The ANC's Zizi Kodwa said, "Taking the life of a person is an act of criminality and law enforcement agencies must deal with it as such. It must not be assumed that because she was a candidate of a political party, that's why she was killed."

While it's too early to determine the motive of the murder, ANC's provincial spokesperson Mdumiseni Ntuli says he's concerned about the high level of political killings in this province.

"Yes of course we too are very concerned about the senseless killings of our comrades and we see it as a somehow an effort to instill fear from our own ANC volunteers and derail our victory."

KwaZulu-Natal has recorded the highest number of political murders in the last five years.