The African National Congress (ANC) has strongly condemned video footage showing two bodyguards who protect one of the province’s politicians making death threats.
The pair who look after eThekwini regional secretary Bheki Ntuli can be seen cocking an AK-47 and promising to “kill this dog”.
It’s not known when the footage was taken but the ANC says it's instructed Ntuli to speak to the security firm that deployed the bodyguards.
The video has emerged at a time when the party faces a spike in what are widely believed to be politically motivated murders.
KZN ANC spokesperson Mdumiseni Ntuli says no matter the reasons behind the video being taken, the party disassociates itself from this kind of behaviour.
“We strongly condemn and distance the ANC from that public display of firearms. It’s happening at a time when our province is going through a very difficult moment, where there are ongoing killings of our own public representatives.”
Ntuli says police must probe if the firearms shown on the video were legally obtained.
“The police must do their work. The investigation cannot be done by the ANC as to investigate whether those firearms, including the AK-47, are licensed or otherwise.”
The ANC says the security company responsible for the hiring of the bodyguards must also take action.