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Ramaphosa: Political killings aimed at destabilising ANC

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa condemned the killings, claiming there was an agenda to weaken the ANC.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa during a tour of the business exhibition at the ANC's National General Council in Midrand on 11 October 2015. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - African National Congress (ANC) Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says those responsible for a spate of political killings ahead of next week's local government elections are trying to destabilise the ruling party.

Ramaphosa was speaking on the sideline of an election campaign in Mbekweni in the Western Cape, where he called on authorities to intensify their efforts to track down the perpetrators.

More than a dozen people have been murdered, most of them ANC members in KwaZulu-Natal, in the run up to the polls.

Ramaphosa has condemned the killings, adding some are trying to weaken the governing party.

"It's quite clear to me that there's some political agenda and this agenda is aimed at weakening the ANC, destabilising the ANC because the ANC has been at the receiving end of all these killings that have been taking place."

The deputy president was in Tembisa last week to campaign for the ANC and spoke about the killings, saying there is a third force behind the attacks.

When the number of ANC leaders killed in Kwazulu-Natal hit 10, the provincial party instituted an investigation to find out if the killings have anything to do with internal divisions.

But Ramaphosa believes there are other forces at play.

"It's quite clear that there's a hidden hand that's destabilising the ANC, that's aimed at derailing the ANC's intention to go to victory."

The provincial party has since asked security cluster ministers to step in, while pleading with the Luthuli House to also intervene.

While Ramaphosa couldn't say how the party will assist, he said there will be a strong intervention.

To view EWN's story map locating political attacks, click here.