29 July 2012

South Africa: Timeline of Reported Political Killings From 2007-2012

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The number of politicians murdered in the past five years has escalated, especially between 2010 and 2012.

June 27, 2007

Govan Mbeki municipality deputy mayor Thandi Mtsweni was killed in Secunda, Mpumalanga for allegedly investigating tender irregularities.

She was shot dead by two gunmen when she arrived home with her husband and 14-year-old son.

The municipality's mayor Sipho Nkosi was arrested for allegedly hiring hitmen to kill her.

- January 4, 2009

Mbombela municipality speaker Jimmy Mohlala, who blew the whistle on alleged corruption in a 2010 construction project was shot dead in his Nelspruit house.

Mohlala had blown the whistle on Mbombela municipal manager Jacob Dladla who was accused of manipulating 2010 construction contracts.

Mohlala was also investigating a fraud case involving a company belonging to Bobby Motaung, Kaizer Chiefs football club chairman, which was responsible for the construction of the Mbombela Stadium.

- January 22, 2009

Inkosi Mbongeleni Zondi, the grandson of a famous Zulu King and a strong ally of ANC president Jacob Zuma, was shot dead in Durban's Umlazi township.

Zondi was travelling along Stimela Avenue when his car was sprayed with bullets.

- January 22, 2009

The chairman of the ANC Youth League in Umgababa on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal, Sthembiso Cele, was shot.

He was shot through the window of his house. He was taken to hospital but died the next day.

- January 31, 2009

ANC leader Bongani Ngcobo was shot in Nongoma in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

Ngcobo was allegedly shot by an Inkatha Freedom Party councillor in full view of his colleagues at the ANC offices in that area.

- March 5, 2009

ANC member Jabulani Khumalo was shot dead in Nongoma, northern KwaZulu-Natal.

He was shot outside the gate of St Benedictine Hospital where he worked.

IFP councillor Hezekiah 'Fish' Ngwenya was arrested for Khumalo's murder.

- March 14, 2009

North West municipal councillor Moss Phakoe was shot dead outside his home in Rustenburg.

This was after handing over a dossier detailing corruption in the municipality to high-ranking ANC officials, including secretary general Gwede Mantashe and Zuma.

Former Rustenburg mayor Matthews Wolmarans and his bodyguard were arrested and jailed for Phakoe's murder.

- January 8, 2010

Sammy Mpatlanyane, the spokesman for the Mpumalanga department of culture, sport and recreation was gunned down in his house in Nelspruit.

His murder was blamed on the same people who killed Mohlala.

- October 8, 2010

Controversial Mpumalanga politician James Nkambule was found dead. He collapsed and died at his home in Mjindini.

It was first reported that Nkambule, a Congress of the People member at the time, had been ill and died as a result. However, It had later been reported that a confidential autopsy report showed he had been poisoned.

He was allegedly connected to the alleged existence of a hit list in the province.

- January 5, 2011

Johan Ndlovu, chief whip of Ehlanzeni District was shot, a few kilometres from his home in Thulamahashe, in the Mhala district.

Ndlovu's family discovered his body under a bush in Thulamahashe, the day after he disappeared.

In October that same year Life Khoza, 22, was jailed for 35 years for killing Ndlovu.

- March 1, 2011

ANC KwaZulu-Natal councillor Wiseman Mshibe was shot dead in his driveway in Montclair, Durban.

Although wounded five times, he managed to drive to the KFC in Montclair for help. Someone took him to St Augustine's Hospital, but he later died.

- July 11, 2011

ANC eThekwini regional secretary Sbu Sibiya was shot dead at his home in Inanda, Durban.

It was believed that his killing was part of a pattern of the assassination of political leaders in the KwaZulu-Natal.

- August 7, 2011

Senior National Freedom Party member and traditional headman Thintabantu Mthembu was shot in KwaNgenetsheni near Vryheid in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

- August 7, 2011

NFP leader in the eThekwini Municipality Gundu Makhanya was shot and killed just outside his home in Chatsworth outside Durban.

- 18 September, 2011

NFP member Sipho Mtshali was gunned down on his way home from a meeting at the Vosloorus hostel in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg.

- Since the NFP's formation in 2011, 15 members had been killed in separate incidents by September.

- May 1, 2012

Bongani Shelembe, chairman of the Msinga branch, and youth secretary Lungisile Zuma were shot dead when they were driving back from the party's constituency meeting in Msinga, northern KwaZulu-Natal.

- June 30, 2012

ANC Hibiscus Coast councillor Wandile Mkhize was killed in a drive-by shooting in Manaba, Margate, a few days after the party's national policy conference.

The motive for the attack was not known.

- July 21, 2012

NFP member, Thamsanqa Mnyango, was shot dead.

Mnyango's murder brought to 22 the number of NFP members killed since the formation of the party.

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