Suspect Into The Murder Of ANCYL KZN Leader Arrested

This murder is the latest in the series of killings of ANC leaders and councillors in KwaZulu-Natal which began to escalate ahead of the 2016 local government elections. (Paul Botes/M&G)

DURBAN: An ANCYL leader in KwaZulu-Natal has been shot dead in apparent politically motivated killing, the league said on Saturday.

Bongani Usher Mkhize, 25, the branch chairperson of the league in Coastal KZN TVET College’s V-Section campus in Umlazi, was shot dead on Saturday morning, ANCYL KZN secretary Thanduxolo Sabelo told journalists on the sidelines of the ANC KZN provincial conference in Durban.

The 29-year-old suspect handed himself over to police and was arrested.

Brigadier Jay Naicker said charges of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm were being investigated by Umlazi police.

“The firearm that was used in the commission of the crime was also seized from the suspect. It is alleged that the two were quarrelling before the shooting occurred,” he said.

Sabelo said they were deeply shocked and saddened because Mkhize was not the first youth league member to be shot dead in KZN.

“He was one up and coming shining youngster who led the biggest branch of the ANC Youth League in KwaZulu-Natal, which is possibly the biggest branch of the league in South Africa. He was so influential that at his very young age, he was also elected to be the deputy chair of the ANC in his home ward, Ward 88, in Umlazi,” he said.

“We did submit to the ANC, when they were going to submit to the Moerane Commission, that there seems to be a concerted effort to eliminate young people who are leading the ANC Youth League in the province. There are many youth league members who have since died in KwaZulu-Natal,” said Sabelo.

He sent the organisation’s condolences to Mkhize’s family and “the entire student population of the Coastal KZN TVET College”.

“He was also the president of the SRC at the college. He was a very influential young person,” he said.