- The New York Times published a scathing article on Sunday in which the publication reports on the dire state of political killings in South Africa
- The article is particularly critical of the way in which ANC officials have adopted a mafia-like approach to eliminating political enemies
- Much of the focus of the article is on the bloody political stage of KwaZulu-Natal
The New York Times (NYT) published a scathing and brutal account of the real and dire state of political killings in South Africa on Sunday. The article is particularly critical of the way in which the African National Congress’ (ANC) officials deal with political enemies.
The article notes ANC officials in KwaZulu-Natal have adopted a mafia-style approach to eliminating political opponents in order to secure access to power and money. The report is centred on the killing of Sindiso Magaqa.
One of the things Magaqa and virtually every other target had in common was their criticism and willingness to speak out against corruption which plagues many local, regional and provincial government structures in the province.
Briefly.co.za gathered that most of the political killings and assassinations which are committed in KwaZulu-Natal and the country as a whole are committed by ANC members on ANC members.
Citizen.co.za reported that around 90 ANC politicians have been murdered since 2016, this is nearly double the yearly rate in the preceding 16 years.
The NYT article is headlined: “Another “the article has interviews with ANC whistle-blowers who say the party of Nelson Mandela has become a mafia party.
Magaqa’s close friend and political ally Thabiso Zula told the NYT the killings in the province were done according to the Cosa Nostra code and wasn’t only about killing a rival but sending a strong message to other rivals.
Zulu said he and Magaqa were targeted because they broke the omertà rule. Zulu is currently in hiding as he fears for his life.
Other survivors reveal that a near total war is unfolding in KwaZulu-Natal over the fight for political power, regional scuffles and of course control of purse strings for self-enrichment.
It has become almost the norm for even ordinary councillors in KwaZulu-Natal to employ the services of professional bodyguards in this strange and unpredictable internal war.
Earlier, president Ramaphosa announced the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) was working on measures to curb factionalism within the party and to unite the party. Ramaphosa said unity in the ANC was absolutely vital if the party hoped to retain power after the 2019 general election.
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