ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane has condemned the killing of an ANC branch leader in the party’s Nelson Mandela Bay region as a barbaric act.
Thando Xakaxa was gunned down on Wednesday night, shortly after arriving at his home in Bertram Road‚ Zwide‚ in Port Elizabeth.
Mabuyane called on police to move swiftly and not rest until the perpetrators of the crime were brought to book.
Police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu said Xakaxa had been found by his father after he heard a gunshot.
“His body was found inside the car.
“It is suspected that the motive may be related to tenders. No arrests have been made and a case of murder is being investigated‚” she said.
Mabuyane said the ANC did not believe it was a politically motivated killing.
“The environment there does not suggest that this is politically motivated but we will leave it to the South African Police Services to find the truth from facts before them,” he said.
NMB ANC regional secretary Themba Xathula agreed, saying he could “confirm that this had nothing to do with his standing as an ANC activist”.
Said Xathula: “This killing has nothing to do with Thando’s standing as an ANC activist or factional fights because his is one of the most stable branches in our region and the family told me too that this was not political.”
Xathula said the party in the region and Xakaxa’s ward in Zwide in particular had lost a capable and competent struggle activist who was loved by all who knew him.
“Thando was very humble and well-known and revered by everyone in Zwide because of his relentless activism on his ward and branch issues,” said Xathula.
“I would say he was the Mandela of that ward and always at the centre of developments and everything happening in his ward was with a sole mission to serve his people.
“We wish police would find his killers and bring them to book and we will be ready to assist them in finding the suspects.”
Mabuyane said it was all citizens’ duty to expose and fight crime whenever and wherever it reared its ugly head, to ensure communities’ safety. — Additional reporting by Gareth Wilson