Cops probe death threats against KZN ANC leaders
WITH three ANC leaders in the Harry Gwala Region recovering in hospital after being shot, police are investigating death threats against other ruling party leaders in the area.
In an ominous incident, unknown people dropped live rounds of ammunition at the front door of ANC regional deputy chairperson and Greater Kokstad Municipality Speaker Zolani Mhlongo on Saturday evening.
The intruders, who allegedly broke the burglar guards at Mhlongo’s house, had also attempted to kill the ANC leader’s dogs by feeding the pets poisoned bones.
“We have taken all 24 live rounds of ammunition and bones for ballistic tests and nobody has been arrested,” KwaZuluNatal police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele said.
The incident at Mhlongo’s house follows Thursday’s shooting of three ANC councillors, including former ANCYL national secretary Sindiso Magaqa, after the vehicle they were travelling in was sprayed with bullets in the area.
Provincial Cooperative Governance Department spokesperson Lennox Mabaso said the councillors were in a critical but stable condition in hospital.
Premier Willies Mchunu said police in the province had been instructed to pursue those who were behind political killings in the region.
“We have implored law enforcement agencies to be firm and act decisively to root out rogue elements that are behind political related killings.
“There is a team of experts attached to the Hawks that has been assembled to investigate all these cases. Resources have been allocated to ensure intelligence gathering,” he said.