I have frequently commented that elements of the ANC are sounding more and more like ZANU PF and if one looks at what has happened in the police services in the last few years, that worry is increasingly relevant. Consider this: In my last post concerning the Ficksburg man who was beaten to death by police, I noted that  I had :

…heard a little rumour, that has yet to be confirmed, that the victim fancied himself as a prospective councillor. If that is true, I’d like to know if he was (a) one of those removed from the ANC party list; (b) an independent; or (c) a candidate for an opposition party. The answers could be very revealing.

And so it turns out. News 24 picked up a press release put out by the Law Society or South Africa and developed a story on the subject in which it emerged that Andries Tatane was in fact:

a member of the Congress of the People and a Ward 14 candidate for the May 18 local government elections in Meqheleng, Ficksburg in the eastern Free State.

That suddenly raises the extremely worrying spectre of a political motive for his murder, which is not to say that it is fact, just that it is possible that one or more of the police officers involved in Tatane’s brutal beating and subsequent death were motivated by political differences. It makes it even more critical that the investigators into this incident make a full and public disclosure of their findings and that the guilty parties are brought to book. If that doesn’t happen, I fear for the future of this country.

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