Checkpoint: Bloody politics


A member of a criminal gang holds a gun at Northeast Commune - one of the shantytowns with the highest rates of urban violence and displacement due to disputes between gangs - in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia, taken on January 21, 2010.

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JOHANNESBURG - The recent assassination of British MP Jo Cox -- who was opposed to exiting the European Union -- had the world in uproar.

But here at home, and particularly in KwaZulu-Natal, political assassinations are the norm, particularly around election time.

The number of politicians murdered in South Africa has escalated.

KwaZulu-Natal recorded almost 100 assassinations in the past 10 years.

And it’s not just opposition parties fighting each other. Many of the killings are within the ANC.




Do these killings have anything to do with ideals or is it just about money and power?

Checkpoint producers Jacqui Jayamaha and Julie Laurenz were themselves intimidated while trying to get to the bottom of the bloody tensions in a province with a long history of violence.

Watch their full video report above.

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