Four ANC members arrested over political shooting in Inanda

29 November 2021 - 12:27
Police minister Bheki Cele visited the crime scene where three ANC members were shot dead outside a school in KwaZulu-Natal on September 11. File image.
Police minister Bheki Cele visited the crime scene where three ANC members were shot dead outside a school in KwaZulu-Natal on September 11. File image.
Image: Orrin Singh

Four members of the ANC’s branch executive committee in ward 54 of eThekwini appeared in the Ntuzuma magistrate’s court on Monday in connection with a shooting which claimed the lives of three party members on September 11.

Sources close to the investigation told TimesLIVE two women and a man were arrested on Saturday by members of the political task team in connection with the shooting that claimed the lives of Ncami Shange, 34, Beatrice Nzama, 60, and Philisiwe Jili, 37. A fourth suspect was arrested later.

The victims were shot dead when five occupants of a black Opel Corsa bakkie opened fire on a group of people at a political gathering outside Buhlebethu Primary School on Sithole Road in Inanda, Newtown C section.

At least five others were injured and taken to hospital.

National police spokesperson Brig Vishnu Naidoo told TimesLIVE on Monday: “Four people have been arrested. They appeared in the Ntuzuma magistrate's court today.”

Naidoo identified the four as Sibongile Buthelezi, Samke Maphumulo, Doctor Lundy and  Thembinkosi Zakes Mkhwanazi.

The NPA in KZN said that the matter was postponed for seven days for a bail application.

In September police minister Bheki Cele revealed police had leads on the perpetrators who had committed an act he labelled as a “clear sign of intimidation” leading up to the local government elections.

Provincial police spokesperson Col Thembeka Mbele said the matter was being investigated by the political task team at a national level and she could not comment.

TimesLIVE


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