EASTERN CAPE – Police have launched a manhunt after two African National Congress (ANC) members were gunned down in ward 43 on Sunday.
The deceased has since been identified as Andile Andries who was the ward councillor, and Lubabalo Keso who was the branch secretary.
It is believed that the two were leaving the home of Andries in KwaNobuhle when unknown gunmen appeared and opened fire on them.
The 45- year-old ward councillor and 41-year-old secretary were immediately declared dead on the scene.
Eastern Cape police spokesperson Tembinkosi Kinana said: “They were approaching their vehicle when another vehicle identified as a quantum passed by unidentified occupants started shooting towards the councillor and his colleague, both of whom died at the scene.”
Andries was also the Deputy General Secretary of the Uncedo Taxi Association nationally, and also a chair of SANTACO in the Nelson Mandela Bay region.
The spokesperson added that the motive for the shooting is not known at this stage, however, they do not want to make any speculations about assassinations.
The circumstances surrounding this fatal incident are still under investigation.
Members of the ANC are still in shock as the death of Andries and Keso comes right after the attempted murder of other party members in the same region not so long ago.
Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane has since condemned what is alleged to be politically related killings.
“We condemn these attacks in the strongest possible terms. This should not happen in the free and democratic country, governed by a rule of law.”
Earlier this year, ward 20 councillor Zwelani Booi was killed while driving in KwaZakhele in February.
The following weekend the mayoral coordinator Mazwi Mini also escaped death after being shot in the jaw.
Murder cases have been opened and no arrests have been made yet.
The police are appealing to the public to come forward or contact the crime stop number 08600 10111 if they have any information.
This is a developing story.