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Sat Jul 23 21:19:17 SAST 2016

'I do not want to be shot next' fear in Inchanga after suspected political killings

Kaveel Singh | 26 January, 2016 13:41

Image by: Gallo Images/Thinkstock

People were running over each other while trying to escape a suspected political shooting in Inchanga, KwaZulu-Natal, at the weekend, a resident said.

Two people, aged 50 and 38, were shot dead on Sunday during a community meeting at the Kandokweni Sports Grounds.

The shooting has left the community tight-lipped and in fear.

According to the police, cars were damaged at the scene - tyres were slashed and windscreens were broken. Two cases of murder and malicious damage to property were opened with the Inchanga police.

News24 visited the area on Tuesday to gather eyewitness accounts, but were met with a fearful and closed-off community.

While some said they knew what happened, they were still afraid to speak out.

"I cannot talk to you. What has happened is very dangerous and I do not want to be shot next," said one woman, who only identified herself as Nompumelelo.

Another man, identifying himself as Mzu Gumede, said he was playing soccer when the incident took place, but had heard and seen people running away from the Kandokweni Sports Ground.

"You see my friend, many people here are very afraid now. People were running away very scared when the shooting was happening. People have told me they even ran on top of each other. We are all very scared now. It is hard for us now you see."

Inchanga, which falls under eThekwini Ward 4, is the home of Mayor James Nxumalo.

eThekwini regional secretary Bheki Ntuli previously told News24 that an ANC meeting to elect a candidate for councillor in the area, which also took place on Sunday a few kilometres away from the shooting, was not affected by the incident.

"The ANC meeting took place at the Michael Gwala Hall, while the shooting took place at the nearby Kandoweni Sports Ground. At the moment there are suspicions [of political motivation], but our meeting did not even know there was a shooting taking place because it was a few kilometres away," Ntuli said. 

"We are waiting on a full police investigation and are not assuming anything."

Source: News24

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