Incident Summary:

05/12/2019: Assailants opened fire on an African National Congress (ANC) activist in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The ANC activist and one other person were killed and three others were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.



South Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity African National Congress (ANC)
Specific Description Activist: Martin Sithole
Nationality of Target South Africa
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
An AK-47 assault rifle and a pistol were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included civilian Buthanani Golden Shange.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Businessman, former school principal gunned down in suspected political killing in KZN," News24, May 13, 2019.
"ANC activist Martin Sithole was shot 28 times," MSN South Africa, May 13, 2019.
"Man believed to be a witness in Newcastle political killing case gunned down,", May 13, 2019.