By Melanie Nathan, September 13, 2012.
Two African National Congress branch leaders were gunned down on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast of South Africa, after attending a meeting, the party said in a statement on Monday.
The ANC, the majority ruling party in South Africa, condemned the shooting of Oshabeni branch chairman Dumisani Malunga and branch secretary Bheki Chiliza.
“We are very concerned with the killing of our comrades. This is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated,” said ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala. “We would like to express shock and disgust at the latest killing and we would also like to send our condolences to members of their families.”
Police spokesman Captain Thulani Zwane confirmed the shootings. “We confirm that Mehlomnyama SAPS are investigating murder cases. On Sunday, 9 September 2012 at about 21.30 at Oshabeni south coast when they were shot and killed by unknown suspects. No arrests have been made.”
Nhlakanipho Shabane, who was with him at the time, spent three weeks in a coma before dying in hospital. Two men have been charged with Mkhize’s murder