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ancANA reports that labour federation Cosatu says there is a link between political killings in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and the regional and provincial conferences of its African National Congress (ANC) alliance partner.  

Edwin Mkhize, Cosatu provincial secretary, said on Tuesday in a press statement that “these killings can be blamed [on] the persisting factionalism in the movement”.  He added that blame could also be apportioned to “the build up and post branch, regional and provincial conferences” held throughout the province.  “To some extent they can also be blamed [on] the alleged corruption and maladministration in provincial state departments and municipalities,” he opined.  The province is currently holding regional conferences in preparation for its ANC provincial conference, at which new leadership will be chosen.  However, former ANC spokesperson and current head in the office of the presidency, Zizi Kodwa, countered that it was too early to speculate that the killings were linked to regional conferences.  Kodwa said the problem was complex and the lack of arrests and convictions of perpetrators added to the complexity.  Over 30 ANC members have been killed in the province since 2016.  Provincial premier Willies Mchunu established the Moerane Commission in late 2016 to investigate political killings in the province.  Its final report is awaited, although it remains unclear if it will be released to the public.

Read Cosatu’s press statement at Cosatu News

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