ANC 'devastated' by KwaZulu-Natal murders: Mabe


File: ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has condemned the escalation of murders in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and has called on the province&39;s residents to assist the police in their investigations to enable them to arrest the perpetrators.

On Tuesday, violent crime claimed the lives of two people in KZN. One other person is fighting for his life after attacks in separate incidents.

"As a leader of the society, the ANC is devastated by the assassination of Abahlali baseMjondolo leader in Mariannhill, West of Durban," said ANC National Spokesperson Pule Mabe.

"The barbaric murders of shack dweller&39;s movement chairperson in eKhukhanyeni, Mr. S&39;fiso Ngcobo and a Professor at the University of Zululand, Professor Gregory Kamwendo are very concerning. Mr Ngcobo was shot several times by attackers who stormed his home and opened fire without a word."

Mabe said the ANC was equally devastated by the murder of Professor Gregory Kamwendo, who was the Dean of The Faculty of Arts at the University of Zululand. Professor Kamwendo was shot dead in his vehicle on his way to home on the Durford Road in Empangeni on Tuesday afternoon.

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He served the University from 2016, following his tenure as the Dean of the College of Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

"The ANC strongly condemns the continuation of blood spill in the province. Crime fighting remains one of the ANC&39;s key priorities and we are pleased with the move of our government to mandate the Justice, Crime Prevention, and Security Cluster to fast tract and solve all cases of murder that occurred in the province," said Mabe.

Another leader of Abahlali BaseMjondolo, Ndumiso Mnguni, is fighting for his life after he was shot in Foreman Road settlement, Clare Estate. 

"The ANC calls on the South African Police Service to leave no stone unturned in apprehending the perpetrators of these ghastly deeds in the province. We are very concerned that so many citizens are being butchered but no one gets arrested," said Mabe.

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"We urge communities to work hand in gloves with the police to strengthen structures such as community policing forums to step up effective collaborative anti-crime efforts in the province and on investigation every step of the way to end the horrifying incidents in the province.

"We believe that this will go a long way in ensuring that criminals have no place to hide in society and are hunted wherever they are. In this hour of need, we send our heartfelt condolences to the Ngcobo and Professor Kamwendo families, relatives and friends."

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