Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Minister, Zweli Mkhize, on Tuesday, said that political killings in South Africa have been abated and commended the successful intervention by the government.
Fewer political killings have been reported since an Inter-Ministerial Team, set up by President Cyril Ramaphosa in May, intervened in efforts to stem the scourge, Mkhize said at the ongoing assembly of the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) in the eastern city of Durban.
Ramaphosa set up the team following a spate of killings of local politicians, most of them, being municipal councillors, particularly in KwaZulu-Natal Province.
In June, Police Minister, Bheki Cele, announced the implementation of stabilisation interventions.
Since 2011, a total of 52 municipal councillors have been killed nationwide and the bulk of the killings took place in KwaZulu-Natal, official statistics show.
Through the stabilisation interventions, police have arrested more than 500 suspects involved in the killings of local politicians in KwaZulu-Natal and other parts of the country.
The arrests have led to the abating of the scourge and this was as a result of Ramaphosa’s intervention through the Inter-ministerial Team, Mkhize said.
Mkhize did not elaborate on the motives behind political killings.
However, it was revealed at the meeting that most of the killings were related either to rivalry among factions of political parties or corruption scandals.
South Africa will hold its general elections in 2019.
Rivalry among factions of political parties often leads to violence characterised by political killings.