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Protests in Inchanga after ‘execution-style’ killing of SACP member

22 August 2016 - 12:00 By Nathi Olifant

The atmosphere is tense in Inchanga‚ outside Pietermaritzburg following the killing of vocal and prominent South African Communist Party (SACP) member Nontsikelelo Blose on Sunday night and a suspected revenge killing on Monday. Access roads are closed in the area‚ police are patrolling‚ and learners and workers have been affected.The incident is believed to be linked to an on-going feud between the African National Congress (ANC) and the SACP in the area.Blose was reportedly gunned down while relaxing in a drinking area. She was shot in the head."She was shot execution-style. That was cold-blooded‚" said a woman who attended the scene around 6.30pm.Her killing follows the winning of the ward by Malombo Nxumalo‚ an independent councillor who broke ranks with the ANC after protracted tensions.He beat Khanyi Gumede to become Ward 4 councillor.Her murder also follows that of SACP member Phillip Dlamini‚ 68‚ who was killed earlier this year after a community meeting that turned sour.Blose was also vocal following the murder of Siyabonga Ngubo‚ 38‚ on May 31.Another SACP member‚ Magazini Shange‚ who survived an earlier attack‚ said in June: "We don’t feel safe in the streets."Blose was quoted by the SABC following Ngubo's murder as saying: "We have strong evidence because people who shot him were travelling in cars and they saw who they are and we want the police to arrest them."In October 2015‚ Blose accused the ANC of gate-keeping after her membership was delayed ahead of several branch general meetings.KwaZulu-Natal police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane confirmed the two incidents."We can confirm the incident that took place ... at about 6pm at Fredville area where a 40-year-old woman was shot by unknown suspects. She was taken to hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. The motive is unknown. A case of murder was opened at Inchanga police station for investigation and no arrests have been made‚" Zwane said."Another person was killed this morning as well at Inchanga. People are blocking the roads with burning tyres and stones protesting about the killing of a woman. Police are deployed in the area to monitor."Blose's last WhatsApp status read: "You say they were gossiping about me‚ what did you do"‚ followed by gun emoticons.Neither the ANC nor the SACP leadership was available for comment. TMG Digital/The Times..

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