Political Killings Rocks South Africa.

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As the country is heading closer to the Local Government elections in August, political violence is increasing and members of the parties are being hunted and gunned down like animals.

Despite the president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma condemning the recent political killings in the country, the message has fallen into deaf ears of some South African political people.

The recent political violence victim is an ANC candidate councillor who was gunned down by unknown people in Newcastle, KwaZulu Natal.

The candidate, Thembi Mbongo, 35, for Ward 6 in Newcastle Emalahleni Municipality was gunned down at her home in front of her husband and children.

According to ANC authorities in KwaZulu Natal, said the gunmen knocked at the door of the deceased asking to speak to her and then shot her dead.

This is a second suspected political murder in Newcastle following the shooting of ANC Youth League Regional Deputy Chairman, Wandile Ngubeni in May 2016.

The killing of the ANC Youth League member, prompted a call for action from police to tackle the political violence in the province.

Organisations and top politicians have condemned the recent killings in the country citing that democracy has been defined in a wrong way.

Speaking to the media, ANC provincial secretary, Super Zuma, said the party is devastated with the political killings and violence which has engulfed the country.

“We are devastated and shocked with the escalation of the killings in the country. We have lost an important figure in our party, she was dedicated to the ANC. We ask the police to leave no stone unturned so that the culprits should be apprehended”, said Zuma.

The president of the country, Jacob Zuma issued a statement last month asking all South Africans to be united and stop killing each other. He said democracy means working together no matter how different the parties are.

He further told the public that they should not be enemies to one another but live together no matter what the situation is.

The president was commenting on the issue of another ANC member who was also gunned down in Pietermaritzburg.

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