Durban - A prominent African National Congress (ANC) activist and a businessman have been shot dead in the politically volatile eMalahleni region in northern KZN and all preliminary speculations point to a political motive.
Martin Sithole, 47, was shot dead while with his friend, Buthanani Shange, 67 around 6pm on Sunday.
Beyond being an activist, Sithole was also a businessman, owning water tankers that supplied water to local communities.
An insider said Sithole was also a prominent participant in one of the two warring factions of the ANC that are gunning for the control of the resource-rich Newcastle municipality. According to information from bystanders, he was shot 28 times using an AK 47 rifle and a pistol.
SAPS spokesperson, Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo, said three bystanders were wounded. The wounded are in hospital receiving medical attention.