The African National Congress (ANC) has condemned the fatal drive-by shooting at Inanda in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday which resulted in the death of three women who were attending the party’s community meeting to finalize the selection of candidates for the upcoming local government elections.
34-year-old Ncami Shange, 60-year-old Beatrice Nzama and 37-year-old Philisiwe Jili were killed following the attack on Saturday, which Police Minister Bheki Cele has described as an act of intimidation ahead of the elections.
The ANC said on Tuesday expressed its concern over the violence “that mars some of our community meetings where ANC councillor candidates are nominated”.
ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe said: “We condemn in the strongest possible terms the brutal killing of three women in a drive-by shooting in Durban’s Inanda township on Saturday, while attending an ANC community meeting to finalize the selection of candidates for 2021 local government elections.
“The ANC conveys its condolences to the families of the deceased and urges law enforcement agencies to ensure that perpetrators of this crime are apprehended and made to face the full wrath of our justice system.”
The police have said that a black Opel Corsa bakkie with five occupants had opened fire at a group of people waiting outside a local primary school on Saturday, resulting in the death of the three women.
Meanwhile, Mabe said the ANC is satisfied that all its processes ahead of the local government elections are on track and are going accordingly and should meet the timelines set out by the Independent Electoral Commission.
“A letter from the Deputy Secretary General, Comrade Jessie Duarte, makes it clear that in the event that certain disputes have not been resolved on time, these will be attended to beyond the 1st of November 2021. So the “missing of deadline” does not arise at this stage.
“The immediate task of the movement in relation to the upcoming Local Government Elections is civic education primarily focused on voter registration and to get as many eligible voters as possible to go out and register to vote.
“The ANC wishes to assure its members and supporters that it will register all its candidates with the IEC by the 21st of September 2011.
“The ANC Electoral Committee which is chaired by Cde Kgalema Motlanthe has established rules for the candidate selection process with guidelines on the resolution of the disputes.
“The ANC is very proud of its democratic process of nominating candidates for the forthcoming local government election because this process empowers the communities with a final decision on who becomes their councilor in each ward throughout the country,” Mabe said.