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ANCWL condemns KZN councillor's murder

The ANCWL has urged communities to come forward with information that could lead to arrests.

Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The murder of an African National Congress (ANC) councillor candidate in front of her husband and children in a suspected political hit, has sent shockwaves through the ruling party.

The ANC Women's League said that Thembi Mbongwa's "brutal and senseless" murder was the latest in a series of similar attacks on party members in KwaZulu-Natal in the past three months.

The league has condemned the murders which include at least 11 other councillors or local government election candidates in the build up to the 3 August polls.

It said that it would not remain quiet while emerging female leaders like Mbongwa are gunned down.

In a statement issued by secretary general, Meokgo Matuba, the league alluded to a divisive hand that was trying to unravel the party.

"We sternly warn those who choose to still be swallowed by the corrupt system that has degraded our people of their rights, to reconsider their ill-informed decisions and whom they truly hurt. We will not blink until they face the blazing guns of justice, more especially when a woman is brutally gunned down in front of her loved ones."

The organisation has urged communities to come forward with information that could lead to arrests.

"We urge our communities to speak on the truth and alert those who enforce the law and not be afraid to do what is consciously right for the rest of the community as well as this country."

Analysts said that factionalism and the scrum for resources was exacerbating the fight for councillor positions within the ANC.