Durban - The newly elected ANC eThekwini leadership has expressed its shock over the killing of the branch deputy secretary of ward 67 in KwaMakhutha township.
Mfundo Mokoena was gunned down while entering his home on Monday night by an unknown gunman.
The eThekwini region secretary Musa Nciki said the party was saddened and shocked by the death of Mokoena.
Nciki described Mokoena as part of the dedicated team that was assigned to rebuild ANC Youth League structures in the province, saying he was serving as part of the Provincial Working Committee of the Youth League task team.
“We would like to send our deepest condolences to the family, friends and comrades from his branch and the movement in general for the loss of a dedicated and promising cadre. Comrade Mfundo loved and lived the ANC. The killers have robbed his family, movement and society of a bright mind. We call on the police and justice system to act swiftly. Those with information that may lead to arrests must quickly report to the nearest police station in order to end speculation,” said Nciki.
He urged the media not to undertake speculative and divisive reporting that sought to drive a wedge between the movement and society, adding that irresponsible reporting will shift attention from the real enemies towards sensationalism and derail the investigation.
The Daily News was also informed that Mokoena was on the slate that contested Nciki and Zandile Gumede’s slate but lost last week. One of Thabani Nyawose’s lobbyists who declined to be named confirmed that Mokoena was their man and was a delegate at last week’s conference.
Nciki dismissed any reporting that may want to link Mokoena’s death with the conference. “Our focus is to unite the region. Journalists must quickly switch off from pre-conference mode … I have accepted the results so in his loving and handsome memory let’s all be loyal to the Congress,” Nciki said.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Nqobile Gwala said KwaMakhutha police were investigating a case of murder after a man, 35, was shot dead on Monday night. She said he had gunshot wounds to the head and body.