The South African Local Government Association (Salga) says internal political squabbles and other external factors are at the centre of political killings in the country.
On Thursday, Salga released its report warning that the killing and intimidation of municipal councilors could destabilise the country's democracy if it is not dealt with.
The report found that 43 councillors were killed in the country between 2011 and 2016. Most of these killings, 22 of them, took place in KwaZulu-Natal.
Salga says that political killings and threats are undoing the gains made in local government over the past 17 years.
Stephen Grootes spoke to Chairperson of the Councillor Welfare and Empowerment Working Group at Salga, Bhekumzi Stofile.
What we are picking up in the research is that it is both internal political squabbles in various political parties and external factors that contribute toward the killing and maiming of councillors.— Bhekumzi Stofile, Chairperson of the Councillor Welfare and Empowerment Working Group
Stofile says there is a failure to prosecute suspects.
These crimes are planned before they are executed, therefore there is a failure in terms of capturing that intelligence information, arresting individuals and prosecuting them.— Bhekumzi Stofile, Chairperson of the Councillor Welfare and Empowerment Working Group
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