The family of the murdered EFF member Thulani Shangase, who died over the weekend in Msunduzi municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, said he did not want his funeral to become a political spectacle because he would like to bury his loved one in dignity. deserved.
While the family has heard unconfirmed reports that Shanghai has been shot at an illegal tavern in Plessislaery while waiting for a party agent, they are awaiting the findings of an official police investigation, Shanghai family relative Sfiso Shangase told the media on Wednesday. .
He said the family had made proposals to Police Minister Bheki Cele to prevent individuals from using the funeral in campaigns for the upcoming local elections, which will be less than two weeks away.
“Our main concern is to bury our brother with the dignity he demands, and as a family, we have begged to meet with the minister or the authorities to pave the way for initiative so as to reduce or stop anything that may be negative for these funerals. respect.
“A meeting will be scheduled in due course where our family will meet with both dominant countries in the field and as a family, we have decided that we will want to lead this matter. We want to instill a culture of dignity the way we bury our own, so we don’t want to politicize the funeral itself, “Shanghai said on Wednesday.
Thulani Shangase, a member of the EFF eldership council and a member of the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) from Plessislaer Msunduzi in the local municipality, was shot dead on Sunday after returning from an EFF campaign in Dambula.
When the police and the media arrived, Santaco members were at the family home, including the regional chairman in the Uhgungundlovu district of Bheki Sokhela.
Police Chief Bheki Cele visited the crime scene and family home on Wednesday, and despite speculation about the circumstances of Shanghai’s death, Cele said alcohol remained a problem as the late EFF candidate drank alcohol before consumption. .
As the country approaches the local elections, Cele said police are investigating the deaths of six people in the KZN who may be politically linked. He said the cases would be investigated by a task force dedicated to the political massacres.
“The issue here is a diversity issue, which is not our problem. People talk about the taxi industry, they talk about politics, but that’s not what we’re looking for. We are looking for a criminal who killed a man. It doesn’t matter what that person’s dependencies or choices are. We will consider any issues that may have led to the murder of Thulani.
“We went to the crime scene and we like to raise the issue that alcohol continues to cause us problems. Where he was killed, we know they drank. So we have to look at this problem, that alcohol can sometimes be a real generator of such situations, ”said Cele.
The minister said all polling stations across the country (more than 20,000) were profiled and categorized by risk level. He said most high-risk polling stations are KZNs.
He said police would work with the South African National Defense Force to help lay off police officers to ensure sufficient polling stations were available.
“There are those stations that pose a high risk, about 300 of them are across the country. Unfortunately, most of those at high risk are from this province (KZN), Gauteng, the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape. So the police plan to do it, “the minister added.