Nelson Mandela Bay ANC ward councillor candidate gunned down

Minister of Police, Nkosinathi Nhleko has called on political parties to ensure that there is a culture of free political activities and promote democratic conduct.

This comes after another ward counsellor candidate, Nceba Dywili, was gunned down and killed, in Nelson Mandela Bay

At least 12 political leaders are reported to have lost their lives in the run-up to the local government elections.

Nhleko told Xolani Gwala that the majority of South Africans want peaceful elections, but there are a few creating problems.

He says the police will put all necessary measures in place to ensure stability in conflicted areas.

Earlier today, the minister briefed the media in Parliament on the progress of a commission established to probe political killings in the country during the build-up to the local government elections.

Nhleko says the police have made seven arrests regarding the ongoing 'political killings' in the country.

The commission has investigated 25 incidents.

But, the minister says using the term 'political killings' to describe the killings of ward councillor candidates is not accurate.

I'm calling them 'so called political killings' precisely because to arrive at a correct to determination whether the matter was related to some political squabble or not, it would require that you go through the entire exercise, including the court process.

Nkosinathi Nhleko, minister of police

There hasn't been any clear and straight forward categorisation of the actual nature of the problem.

Nkosinathi Nhleko, minister of police

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