African National Congress (ANC) national leadership has its hands full, only weeks leading up to the polls, to try and quell violence amongst its members.
This comes, as the second round of registration of candidates at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to run as councillors has been opened.
The latest violence claimed at least three female members of the party in KwaZulu-Natal.
SABC News reporter Jayed Leigh-Paulse speaks to a resident about the shooting:
In some provinces, members were seen violently confronting each other over the party lists.
African National Congress spokesperson Pule Mabe says their meetings continue to be hijacked, a trend he says is worrying.
“We cannot exclude some of the members from this. What we have done was to call on members in the province, regions and branch levels to investigate these things. Where members are found to be involved in these things, action must be taken. Because where violence is uncovered and that our members could be behind it, action must be taken,” explains Mabe.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, State Security Deputy Minister Zizi Kodwa said the recent killing of three women should not deter people from participating in political activities, ahead of local government elections.
Kodwa, accompanied Police Minister Bheki Cele, visited families of the victims who were killed during a drive-by shooting.
Cele says the task team set up to investigate political killings in the province, will also investigate the matter.
He also adds that people must not be afraid to come out to vote during the upcoming local government elections.
“This was a political gathering. It was on that score that the investigation has been taken by the Political Task Team that is dealing with those things in KZN. This is an attack on democracy.”
‘The killing of these 3 women is an act of intimidation aimed at weakening our democracy’: