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Sat Nov 01 06:39:05 SAST 2014

ANC lauds police for arrest of party leaders' alleged killers

THANDO MGAGA | 12 September, 2012 00:29
Under arrest. File photo.
Image by: Mike Segar / Reuters

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has welcomed the swift arrest of two suspects in connection with the murders of two party leaders in the lower south coast region.

Less than 48 hours after the shooting of Oshabeni branch chairperson Dumisani Malunga, 42, and of Bheko Chiliza, 39, while on their way home from an ANC meeting on Sunday night, police pounced on their alleged killers.

Provincial police spokesman Colonel Vincent Mdunge said a joint operation by members of the police and the south coast crime intelligence unit led to the arrest of the suspects, aged 20 and 30.

"[The suspects] are expected to appear in the Port Shepstone Magistrate's Court [today]," said Mdunge. He said it was not known whether the suspects were ANC members.

ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said: "We praise the police for the arrests in just 24 hours. [They must] ensure that the killers are convicted."

ANC regional secretary Mzwandile Mkwanazi said ANC members from the area will demonstrate outside the court tomorrow to oppose the suspects' bail.

It is speculated that Malunga and Chiliza were killed by someone whom they had failed to nominate to contest a by-election.

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