The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal has launched an investigation following the shooting of three of its Umzimkhulu councilors, saying the outcome is pending.
On Thursday, former ANC Youth League Secretary Sindiso Magaq, Jabu Mzizi and Nontsikelo Mafa were shot multiple times after a meeting.
Umzimkhulu falls under the Harry Gwala Region, which is expected to have a conference in a few weeks’ time where new leaders will be elected.
The KZN ANC says the motive behind the shooting is not yet known, the party added that it’s not easy to tell whether the incident is linked to the recent spate of intra-party violence.
According to Political analyst Lukhona Mnguni the assassination attempts could be about both the December elective conference and municipal corruption that is currently being investigated.
“There is an upcoming regional conference in the Harry Gwala region and it will determine the dynamics of how that region will influence the province and the province will influence the national contest. You have to appreciate the fact that one of the frontrunners of the December conference comes from Harry Gwala.”
Mnguni says the ANC should resolve what Secretary General Gwede Mantashe has referred to as “political bankruptcy” when leaders contest for power.