Police confirmed this morning that ANC eThekwini region secretary Sbu Sibiya was gunned down outside his home last night at about 10pm. I wasn’t friends with him at all but had dealt with him a lot recently, especially around the local government election.
It’s not yet confirmed, but it looks very possible that this incident was politically motived. Police’s political violence task team has been asked to investigate.
Here’s the Sapa story on the incident:
ANC ETHEKWINI REGIONAL SECRETARY SHOT DEAD
ANC eThekwini regional secretary Sbu Sibiya was shot dead at his home in Inanda, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Tuesday.
Brigadier Phindile Radebe said Sibiya, 40, was shot in his driveway at 10pm on Monday. He had just returned from his office in Durban.
“He was shot in the head and in his upper shoulder. His family heard the shots and ran into the driveway. The suspects by that time fled. He died as his family managed to get to his side,” said Radebe.
Police were not sure how many people were involved in the shooting.
A political violence task team would investigate the incident to determine whether the murder was politically related, Radebe said.
“We don’t know the motive, but cannot rule out that it might be politically related.”
No arrests have been made, she said.
Another ANC official, councillor Wiseman Mshibe, was shot dead in March this year.
At the time, Sibiya told media that Mshibe’s death was not politically motivated. He said it was not related to the 2011 local government elections.