The African National Congress has confirmed that one of their councillor candidates for Newcastle in Kwazulu-Natal‚ Thembi Mbongwa‚ was shot dead on Saturday night.
ANC spokesman Mdumiseni Ntuli in Kwazulu-Natal said Mbongwa was killed in front of her husband and children at her home.
“We are saddened and devastated by the news of comrade Mbongwa who was shot at her home in front of her family. We believe that the family is traumatised at the moment as this happened last night‚” Ntuli said.
He added however that details of the killing were sketchy at the moment.
The ANC in the province would visit the family on Sunday‚ Ntuli said.
“I myself will be one of the people who will visit her family. We will offer any sort of support as you can imagine the family is going through a very tough time at the moment.”
It is believed that two armed men entered her home late on Saturday night and shot her before fleeing the scene. No arrests have yet been made.
News of Ntuli’s killing has sparked outrage on social media and put the spotlight on politically-motivated killings ahead of the August 3 local government elections.
Here’s what some people had to say on Twitter:
— Herbert Mamushi (@legend4045) July 4, 2016
The ANC has called for calm in KwaZulu-Natal after another killing of a councillor rocked the party in the province.
— SAfm news (@SAfmnews) July 3, 2016
The ANC in KZN is a mess. How do people keep killing one another like this?
— Katekani Makhubele (@Comradely_Rogue) July 3, 2016