Cops probe death threats against KZN ANC lead­ers

The Witness - - NEWS - KHAYA MAGENU

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.

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