Press Release: APF and Death of Comrade Mhlope
ALEXANDRA VUKUZENZELE CRISIS COMMITTEE
Tuesday 4th September 2007: 23h30
COMRADE NKOSINGIPHILE MVALO MHLOPE - COMMUNITY ACTIVIST IN ALEXANDER ASSASINATED ON SATURDAY NIGHT BY UNIDENTIFIED ASSAILANTS
Memorial service to be held on Thursday 4th October at 13th Avenue Ganda Center, Alexandra (17h00 to 20h00)
Our comrade - Nkosingiphile Mvalo Mhlope - was assassinated on Saturday night. Comrade Nkosingiphile and three other friends were leaving comrade Mhlope’s house in 1st Avenue, Alexandra after having just finished watching a game of soccer. An unidentified car pulled into Comrade Mhlope’s yard and the occupants immediately opened fire on the four men. Comrade Mhlope was fatally wounded and he died the following day at Johannesburg Hospital. One of the other men was seriously injured and remains in critical condition in Johannesburg Hospital. Comrade Nkosingiphile was a well-known activist of the Alexandra Vukuzenzele Crisis Committee and was recently arrested for his involvement in the AVCC’s occupations of vacant RDP houses in Extension 7. Both the AVCC and the wider Alexandra community view Comrade Nkosingiphile’s cold blooded murder as a politically-motivated assassination. The AVCC and the APF demand that the police give their full and urgent attention and energy to the ongoing investigation into those responsible for this heinous crime.
The APF has, on numerous occasions, warned about the increasingly dangerous and threatening environment that has been created for community activists struggling for basic services and human dignity as a result of violent actions by police and verbal attacks and threats made by local, provincial and national ANC politicians and members. The levels of intolerance against those who engage in legitimate protest and dissent are reaching crisis proportions.