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Paddy Harper, Mmanaledi Mataboge and Sizwe sama Yende

Twelve political hits on party leaders since 2009 spark panic before Mangaung
The ANC is panicking about a spate of assassinations and has assembled a task team that could result in a nationwide investigation.
City Press has learnt that the governing party has appointed its deputy general manager, Uriel Abrahamse, to investigate the conviction of former Rustenburg mayor Matthews Wolmarans, who was found guilty of masterminding ANC councillor Moss Phakoe’s murder.


This comes five months before the ANC’s elective conference in Mangaung.
ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe ordered the investigation.
On Thursday, the party’s national executive committee (NEC) discussed the matter of party-related killings.
Recent acts of political violence within the ANC – caused by competition over resources, corruption and factionalism – are upping political temperatures, and creating suspicion and mistrust.
While there is no official tally of assassinations or outbreaks of political violence, a City Press investigation shows that at least 12 current and former ANC leaders have been murdered in three provinces – KwaZulu-Natal, North West and
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