Ntombela was killed alongside a pupil after gunmen had opened fire on him while in class. “I’m afraid that seems to be the case – the killing has a lot to do with ANC internal politics in the Nkosi Mbambatha region,” said an ANC Regional Executive Member (REC) in Inkosi Mbambatha, that incorporates Nquthu.
The revelation came after it had emerged the three suspects arrested in connection with Ntombela’s murder – Bhekizenzo Dlangamandla, Sibongiseni Mdakane and Mbhekiseni Khambule – were well-known ANC members in the area.
According to the REC member – who spoke on condition of anonymity, Ntombela – who was also the speaker of the Nquthu local municipality and the region’s deputy secretary, was “taken out” after certain ANC members in the area had complained he was denying them access to tenders and jobs in the municipality.
“It is a well known fact that comrades had been complaining about him for a long time – they were accusing him of sidelining them when it came to opportunities in the municipality. Many of us were not surprised when we had he had been shot,” he said.
A grade six teacher at Luvisi Primary School, Ntombela was gunned down in front of his pupils on Tuesday. One of the pupils, aged 12, was caught in the crossfire and later died in hospital. Another pupil, also aged 12, is recuperating in hospital after sustaining gunshot injuries.
ANC Mbambatha Region deputy chairperson Thulane Maheye said the party was busy gathering information in a bid to make “sense” of Ntombela’s killing. He however conceded the suspects were ANC members.
“What we are keen to know as the ANC is the real reasons that led these people to doing such a horrible thing,” Maheye said.