The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal is pinning its hopes on two 'respected' veterans to inculcate the core beliefs of the movement into aspirant and incumbent leaders. Provincial secretary Mdumiseni Ntuli said the party has to break the yoke of factionalism, greed and political killings, or it would find itself out of power.
Should two of the most recent "political killings" in KwaZulu-Natal have played out to the usual narrative, this would have been the scenario:
The murder last week in Umlazi of the ANC eThekwini ward 84 councillor and branch chairperson, Bhekithemba Phungula, would have been seen as a revenge killing for the murder of eThekwini ANC Youth League ward 91 branch secretary Thamsanqa Gcabashe, who was shot along with another youth league member in the Hammarsdale area, Mpumalanga township, late last month.
The Hammarsdale ward is a stronghold of Thabani Nyawose, who will be challenging former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede when the eThekwini region's long-awaited conference finally takes place, Covid-willing, later this year. The young Gcabashe was a Nyawose man, the older Phungula a Gumede one.
But the "political killing and revenge narrative", Nyawose told Daily Maverick, was no longer part of eThekwini's narrative, in large part due to a...