South Africa: EFF Condemns the Shooting Following Ward 60 Branch Election in Johannesburg

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The EFF condemns, in the strongest terms, the shooting that occurred following the Branch People's Assembly election in ward 60 of Johannesburg. On Sunday, 13 May 2018 around 20h30 at the corner of Bree and Nugget street JHB central fighter Ezekiel Makamu was shot 4 times whilst driving home.

The doctors at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, where he is admitted, indicate that 2 bullets are stuck on his spinal cord and one stuck on his chest, the other bullet hit him on his chin. As a result, he is paralyzed from the waist down and is undergoing surgery today. Fighter Ezekiel Makamu was drinking together with Ivan Makamu who was also shot once and was also operated on Monday morning. The doctors also say the bullet was too close to his heart and thus he survived what would have been a fatal shot.

The car they were driving belonged to a fighter who had just won a branch contestation over the position of chairperson. Presumably, the shooter thought it was him driving as the incident happened shortly after the branch meeting had occurred. Also, because it was not a highjacking, but a clear assassination attempt. The newly elected chairperson had borrowed his car to fighter Ezekiel Makamu so as to drop off other fighters to their homes.

We condemn this shooting and call on police to investigate this as a pure act of criminality and bring those responsible to justice. Although we cannot at this stage confirm that this incident relates to the Branch People's Assembly election, we must state categorically, that we shall never house criminals in our midst.

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