The South African Communist Party (SACP) in KZN has called on the African National Congress (ANC) to stop protecting murderers within its ranks.
This follows the 18 year sentence for murder handed to Khehla Shozi, an African National Congress member.
He shot and killed SACP activist Nonsikelelo Blose at Inchanga in 2016.
The SACP said the ANC never distanced itself from Shozi – even after he was found guilty.
Magistrate Sharon Marks described Shozi as a “heartless man with no remorse and regard for human life.”
She sentenced him to jail for 18 years for killing Blose, and another five for the attempted murder of Wandile Nxumalo and Nomfundo Blose, both SACP members.
The sentences will run concurrently.
Shozi had a previous five-year attempted murder conviction.
The SACP said it was shocked that ANC members were in court to support a criminal.
SACP Chairperson James Nxumalo says, “The very same people who called themselves our leaders and members of the ANC come to court and give support to a criminal who has killed a woman in broad daylight.”
Blose was killed in August 2016 at the height of political turmoil in Inchanga.
She and other party members were celebrating an election victory of SACP member Malombo Nxumalo when she was gunned down.
Her daughter, Nomfundo Blose, says she was a very brave woman. “She did everything that made us happy. There is nothing that pains me (more) than to hear my cousin saying if my aunt was here, this wouldn’t have happened. That brings tears to my eyes, but I must try my best not to show them.”
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