Election day murder ‘not political’

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Durban - Initial investigations into the killing of an ANC supporter in KwaDukuza do not indicate that the murder was politically motivated, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Tuesday.

“There is no evidence at this stage to indicate that it's political. We are dealing with a purely criminal matter and investigations are ongoing,” spokesman Colonel Jay Naicker said.

Hundreds of African National Congress supporters converged on the KwaDukuza Magistrate's Court for the brief appearance of Dumisani Bright Nxumalo, 28, on Monday.

He is charged with the murder of Thandi Nuh Mhlongo. Mhlongo was manning an ANC information desk outside the voting station in Lindelani on the night of May 7 when she was shot, allegedly by Nxumalo. He was arrested the next day.

Naicker said he could not reveal more about the case as investigations were still underway.

On Thursday ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala condemned the killing.

“We condemn this heinous and barbaric attack in the strongest possible terms. It is clear that the killing had been well planned to instil fear among ANC volunteers on election day,” he said.

It had initially been reported that the victim was a man.

The case against Nxumalo was postponed to next Monday to allow him to obtain legal representation and apply for bail.

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