Most political killings in KwaZulu-Natal are linked to factions and power struggles within the ANC, says violence monitor and analyst Mary De Haas.
De Haas says the party has been hugely divided in the build up to the December elective conference.
She says some politicians are also killed because they fight against corruption within the party.
While some cases are linked to personal vendettas, de Haas argues that most are politically-motivated.
Most of the cases since the begin of 2016 are likened to political dynamics.— Mary De Haas, independent research and violence monitor
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