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ANC EC mayoral candidate, wife shot dead

Former Mhlontlo council speaker Zolile Malangeni and his wife were killed.

FILE: Red emergency personnel lights catch police tape at the scene of a crime. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Mthatha police have confirmed an African National Congress (ANC) Eastern Cape mayoral candidate and his wife have been shot and killed in their home in Tsolo.

Former Mhlontlo council speaker Zolile Malangeni and his wife were killed on Thursday evening.

Malangeni's wife died on the scene while he succumbed to his injuries in a local hospital.

The motive of the killing is still unclear.

The police's Mzukisi Fatyela said, "We picked up evidence from a 9mm pistol and a case was opened. A task team has been set up to look specifically at this case."

POLITICAL KILLINGS

At least 22 political leaders are reported to have lost their lives in the run-up to the local government elections in South Africa.

KwaZulu-Natal has recorded the highest number of murders linked to politics and the areas of Estcourt, Newcastle, Ulundi and others have been monitored closely,.

In the early 1990s, much of the political violence in KwaZulu-Natal was essentially about the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) versus the African National Congress (ANC), but 20 years later, the political landscape appears to have changed.

KwaZulu-Natal Violence Monitor Mary de Haas said much of the political violence now appears to be happening within political parties, mainly the ANC.

Get the latest on political killings by following EWN 's feature here.