Beware ‘forces of darkness’ – Zuma

ANC members should be vigilant following the killing of councillor Wandile Mkhize, President Jacob Zuma warned yesterday.

“I want to appeal to all ANC members to be vigilant, as it seems that there still exists some forces of darkness who are bent on dividing our movement and creating mistrust,” he said while speaking at Mkhize’s funeral service near Port Shepstone.

Ivy Nokuthula Mkhize, mother of murdered Wandile Mkhize, sits next to President Jacob Zuma at the Ugu Sport Centre during Mkhize's funeral in Port Shepstone yesterday. Picture: Sibusiso Ndlovu. Credit: INLSA

Mkhize and Nhlakanipho Ntshangase were walking along a road in Margate when they were shot at by gunmen in a car last Saturday. Mkhize died at the scene while Ntshangase sustained critical injuries.

“This is not the first incident in this province. The killing of ANC comrades is becoming commonplace and thus requiring serious investigations,” said Zuma. “We are even more concerned when such deaths are targeted towards ANC leaders, and they die in a hail of bullets in an assassination style.”

Zuma said because Mkhize was an active, hardworking, dedicated, disciplined and principled ANC member, he had managed to climb through the party’s ranks.

He said those who had seen Mkhize at the party’s national policy conference were shocked to hear of his death. “Those who heard him speak during the conference were left in no doubt that comrade Wandile had a bright future in the ANC.”

Zuma conveyed his condolences to Mkhize’s wife and children and his close friends.

He also wished Ntshangase a speedy recovery.