influenced killings, especially during the local government election season, when prospective candidate lists are formally compiled
Although there was no proof to ascribe it to political influence, there were enough signals to treat it as such, given that it occurred at a time when some members of the party were very concerned about the manipulation of candidate lists.
Meanwhile, a prominent ANC leader in the Mpumalanga region was detained this morning on murder and attempted murder charges.
Although the South African Police Services did not reveal his identity or the reason for the event, suspicion is already rife that he was involved in a political problem.
Greg Arde, a respected journalist, investigated extensively the question of assassinations on the basis of irreconcilable political divisions between ANC officials in his best-selling book, War Party.
He contended that, while political assassinations were prevalent in the KwaZulu-Natal province at the start of the decade, they expanded to other areas.
His conclusions were that, in general, politically motivated killings are the consequence of disagreements between ANC leaders, which might be as a result of infighting over posts in government, particularly in the run-up to local government elections.
Ordinarily, most politicians see their position as a councilor or mayor as an opportunity to improve their family's financial situation, or just as an opportunity to enjoy the affluence that comes with being in government.
As a result, there is an ingrained style of thinking that drives them to destroy people who get in their way.
Bheki Cele, the police minister, was cited as saying that it is an undeniable reality that the vast majority of political homicides are premeditated assassinations.
He stated that the police will begin a process to crack down on anyone involved in misconduct, particularly during election season.
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