Ministers Bheki Cele and Zizi Kodwa visited Inanda, KZN, on Tuesday where three women were killed at a political gathering over the weekend.
Security cluster Ministers, including the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, visited the community of Inanda, KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday, 14 September, after three women were shot and killed and five other people were injured in a drive-by shooting that took place over the weekend.
The visit by the government officials was meant to assure the community that no further political violence would take place following the deadly shooting that claimed the lives of Ncami Shange, Beatrice Nzama and Philisiwe Jili, who were attending a political gathering outside a primary school in Inanda.
Cele, his deputy, Cassel Mathale and Deputy Minister of State Security Agency, Zizi Kodwa, first visited the local police station in Inanda where they received a full briefing from the team investigating the shooting and then visited the crime scene, according to Cele’s spokesperson, Lirandzu Themba.
Cele said the shooting was an act of intimidation ahead of the elections. “Those who committed this horrible act, it’s clear to us that it was more intimidation than targeting a particular person,” said the police minister.
“Police must find out why they did this and who exactly sent them. The fact that this was a political gathering, it’s in this score that the political task team in the province is now investigating this crime and the team is already working on a few leads.”
Kodwa agreed with Cele and said attacks such as this are aimed directly at the South African Constitution and the country’s system of democracy. The Ministers also paid a visit to the families of the deceased.
The KwaZulu-Natal Political Task Team has arrested and charged 271 people for crimes related to political violence in the province. Kodwa said the security cluster is working on “a plan to protect [the] elections” and ensure the safety of voters.
Part of the plan, according to the police spokesperson, is to closely monitor hotspot areas identified in Gauteng, the Western Cape and KZN and to work closely with law enforcement agencies and the military in the lead up to the elections that are scheduled to take place on 1 November.