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ANC EC 'observes' trend of politically motivated attacks

Since October last year, there have been at least 22 politically-motivated killings across the country.

Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape says it has noticed a trend as some of its senior leaders are being targeted and killed in politically motivated attacks.

In the latest incident, former Mhlontlo Municipality council speaker Zolile Malangeni and his wife Thelma were gunned down at their home in Tsolo on Thursday.

Since October last year, there have been at least 22 politically motivated killings across the country.

Malangeni was tipped for a senior executive position in the Mhlontlo council but on Thursday night he was shot dead.

He's the second ANC member to be killed in less than a month in the province.

Nceba Dywili who was a ward candidate in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro had been gunned down last month.

The ruling party's Mlibo Qoboshiyane says it appears party members are being targeted.

"We have been observing this new tendency of eliminating leaders and candidates of the ANC and there is a special task team to deal with this matter."

Xolile Nkompela, the secretary of the ANC's OR Tambo region of which Malangeni was a member, has also had several attempts on his life.

In December Nkompela's bodyguard was killed in a hit.

It's believed the bullet was intended for Nkompela.

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

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