Vereeniging police confirmed Thursday that Sindy Brightness Mhlongo, 33, a member of the ANC in Rust Ter Vaal, was shot dead during a branch meeting of the party on Wednesday.
The meeting was convened to select a candidate for an upcoming municipal by-election.
Capt. Police spokesman Teboho Lephoto said the shooting happened around 7pm on Wednesday.
“Community members contacted us who said there was a shooting incident during which a 33-year-old woman was shot dead. The local ANC convened a meeting in preparation for a by-election, ”says Lephoto.
“Someone turned off the lights and people left the building and shots were fired. The deceased was shot in the head. “
Lephoto says the attacker has not yet been identified.
“We do not know what the motive for the shooting was, whether it was a stray bullet or whether it was the target. We call on community members to come up with information. We have no suspects yet, ”says Lephoto.
Sphiwe Mgcina, the ANC in Sedibeng’s regional task team coordinator, who was present at the meeting, gave his version of what happened on Thursday.
He says that “all hell” broke out at the Rust Ter Vaal Community Hall where the community met to announce the ANC candidates who will stand as ward councilors in an upcoming by-election in March.
Mcina says parts of the audience in the hall expressed their displeasure about one candidate speaking, and someone turned off the “main switch” to keep the hall in darkness.
It caused a rush to the exits and shots were heard fired outside the hall as people streamed out. “We later learned that one of our comrades was dead,” says Mgcina.
Bones Modise, provincial spokesperson for the ANC in Gauteng, condemned the murder and called on the police to identify the suspects.
Christo Smith, FF Plus councilor in the Emfuleni Local Municipality, said in a statement on Thursday that it was alarming that political meetings involving the ANC were now becoming life-threatening for their constituents.
“The FF Plus expresses its sympathy to the victim’s family and next of kin and calls on the police to locate the culprits.
Voters have the right to free movement and to attend election meetings without being hurt, ”says Smith.