An ANC meeting in Madibeng, North West, ended in a bloodbath on Sunday afternoon, leaving one person dead and another rushed to hospital with gunshot wounds.
According to witness Bojanala Gabriel Nkgweng, the branch of Paul Modiga Ward 20 had gathered at the Mothotlung Community Hall as part of the programme for regional and provincial conferences.
The branch biennial general meeting (BBGM) was about to commence when gunshots were heard being fired in the yard.
“It’s unfortunate that some thugs wearing masks who were driving a white BMW sedan at the entrance gate of the hall saw it befitting to attack and started shooting randomly outside, aiming at one of our members, Chippa Nkomo,” Nkgweng told Scrolla.Africa.
Nkomo was shot and killed, while another party member was shot in the upper thigh and was rushed to hospital.
“As leaders of the party, we are still in great shock.”
However, Nkgweng added, “it should be noted that it’s an unfortunate incident that took place where our meeting was held, and was not in any way related to the proceedings of our programme”.
ANC North West provincial spokesperson Kenny Morolong said the party “has learned with profound shock and sadness of an incident of a fatal shooting yesterday at the vicinity of the venue.”
The ANC vehemently condemns this barbaric incident with all the disdain it deserves. This incident is regrettable as we expect all members of the ANC to conduct meetings in an environment that is pleasant, peaceful, and devoid of any form of violence,” Morolong said.
“Although the motive behind this attack is unknown as police investigations are ongoing, we are thunderstruck by this incident because notwithstanding minimal and isolated incidents of violence that have been reported in some of our BBGMs, most of our meetings have been conflict-free.”
North West provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone confirmed the incident.
He said police in Mothotlung are investigating a case of murder and another of attempted murder after a 38-year-old man was shot and killed while a woman, aged 30, was struck by a stray bullet on Sunday afternoon at Mothotlung near Brits.
Brigadier Mokgwabone said after the shooting the suspects then jumped into their vehicle and fled from the scene.
“Police would like to urge anyone who might have information that can assist in the investigation to contact the Investigating Officer, Detective Constable Tsholofelo Mohale on 082 373 9814 or the South African Police Service (SAPS) Crime Stop number: 08600 10111.