Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa blames the recent murders of ANC members and candidates in KwaZulu-Natal on a “hidden hand” seeking to derail the party’s campaign.
Yesterday, while campaigning in Tembisa, near Midrand, Ramaphosa said: “It’s quite clear there is a hidden hand aimed at destabilising the ANC … we are very concerned.”
He called for a strong intervention to deal with the escalating violence.
“We cannot allow a situation where murderers are given the right to choose who should be elected into positions representing our people. So we want intervention and it must be the strongest intervention.”
Last Monday, two more ANC candidates were shot dead, bringing the number of people killed in what is believed to be an ongoing internal war over candidate lists in the region to 13.
The announcement of the ANC candidate lists in KwaZulu-Natal sparked violence in early June. This month, deputy secretary-general of the ANC Jessie Duarte called for an end to the infighting over candidate lists, saying the “internal democratic processes” of the party should be respected.
Similar calls were made by various other leaders of the ruling party, but to no avail.
Bongani Skhosana, a Ward 1 candidate councillor in Umziwabantu Municipality in Harding, was killed at his home last Monday. A few hours later, Khanyisile Ngobese-Sibisi, the Ward 20 (Acaciaville) Ladysmith candidate died in a hail of bullets.
Earlier this month, ANC ward councillor candidate Thembi Mbongo was shot dead in Newcastle, in front of her husband and children.
In April, an ANC eThekwini councillor was shot and killed in Umlazi.
In May, ANC Youth League regional deputy chairperson Wandile Ngubeni was killed in Newcastle.
In June, Simo Mncwabe, who had just resigned as Mpofana Municipality chief financial officer, was killed in Edendale. A day later, ANC branch chairperson for Edendale, Pietermaritzburg, Nathi Hlongwa, was shot.
The murder of an ANC member at Inchanga‚ between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, was followed by the killing of two female ANC members outside Pietermaritzburg.