Following the assassination of Thulani Shangase, an aspiring municipal councilor under the umbrella of the EFF, the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) police political task team is set to open an investigation over his murder, SurgeZirc SA reports.
This was made known by the KZN police spokesperson, Brig Vish Naidoo who said the antecedent of the murder has not yet been unraveled.
“The Kwanyamazane resident was apparently returning from an EFF campaign meeting in Dambula in Harewood when he was killed.
“We have mobilised the 72-hour activation plan which entails the mobilisation of specialised units such as crime intelligence, the KZN political task team, detectives, and DPCI [Hawks] to ensure evidence, intelligence, and information, which can help track and arrest those responsible, is gathered.
“We are appealing to anyone with information to please contact the police on the CrimeStop number 08600-10111 or via the MySAPS app. Informers may remain anonymous and all information will be treated with the strictest confidence.” He said.
Reacting to the killing, the EFF chairperson in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), Vusi Khoza told newsmen that a statement will be issued in regard to the murder of its member.
It will be recalled that over the weekend, Thulani Shangase, was assasinated when he left a meeting to answer his phone, according to security firm RTC South Africa: “On Sunday, EFF candidate Thulani Shangase was shot dead after briefly leaving a meeting to take a phone call in Pietermaritzburg.”
The cold-blooded killing was first reported on Sunday night, but it wasn’t until today that confirmation of the EFF candidate’s death was made official. It is believed that this was a politically motivated assassination in Caluza, and Ward 20 in Pietermaritzburg has now lost a genuine candidate for councilor.
Police quickly opened a murder investigation and hope to resolve this tragic incident soon. Thulani Shangase was meeting with other party officials when he was killed by a hail of bullets. So far, no arrests have been made.