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Police Minister Bheki Cele to visit Inanda following fatal drive-by shooting

Police Minister Bheki Cele is expected to visit the Inanda area in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday following the fatal drive-by shooting in the area on Saturday.

The police ministry said it was shocked by the news of a drive-by shooting that resulted in the killing of three women in Inanda on Saturday 11 September 2021.

The police said a black Opel Corsa bakkie with five occupants had opened fire at a group of people waiting outside a local primary school.

“The cowardly act claimed the lives of 34-year-old Ncami Shange, 60-year-old Beatrice Nzama and Philisiwe Jili who was 37 years of age. Five more people were injured and taken to hospital,” the police ministry said.

During his visit on Tuesday, Cele is expected to receive a full briefing on the incident from the KwaZulu-Natal South African Police Service (SAPS) management team and thereafter he is expected to visit the family homes of the deceased, and he is also expected to make his way to the crime scene.

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On Sunday, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala said according to reports, the three women were shot and killed “while they were participating in an internal party democratic activity, in preparation for the upcoming elections”.

The women were attendees of a meeting to choose an ANC candidate to stand for the upcoming elections.

“It is believed that while they were on the queue, an unknown gun assailant fired shots randomly, killing the three women while many others managed to escape the gun fire.  We are deeply shocked, concerned and saddened by this brutal assassination of innocent citizens.

“We believe this is the work of thuggish elements that kill with impunity.  We must not allow them to find a place to hide in this province.

“The killings bear the hallmarks of a desperate effort to use intimidation and violence as a way of frustrating the will of the people and subvert our democracy.

“We call on the police to hunt down the criminal elements who thrive on such violence.  There is no election or vote that is worth the blood of our innocent citizens.  We call upon the community to unite and work with the police to expose those who seem to believe that winning an election or becoming a candidate must happen at all costs, even if it means jumping over the corpses of innocent people.  We extended our heartfelt condolences to the affected families and the community,” Zikalala said.

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