Police minister to visit family of slain ANC activist

08 May 2018 - 12:16 By Jeff Wicks
Bheki Cele
Bheki Cele

Police minister Bheki Cele is expected to visit the family of slain ANC activist Sifiso Cele in Margate‚ 200km south of Durban‚ on Tuesday.

The 42-year-old Sifiso Cele was treasurer of the ANC’s Oshabeni branch and had been a longstanding figure in local politics. He was gunned down in Margate Extension on Monday‚ shot execution-style in the presence of his wife and children.

The killing comes as the ruling party grapples with deep-rooted divisions in the province‚ and in a region that has seen a spate of politically motivated killings.

The minister was locked in meetings with police top brass on Tuesday morning‚ ahead of visits to the murder scene and the slain politician’s family.

ANC provincial interim committee coordinator Sihle Zikalala said earlier that the organisation had been pained by the continuous killing of members who “advance the ideals of the national democratic revolution in our communities”.

Zikalala said that Sifiso Cele was a key activist of the ANC‚ “seized with the strategic task of building a national democratic society” in the Oshabeni branch.