Incident Summary:

10/26/2019: Assailants opened fire on African National Congress member Thabiso Zulu in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Zulu was wounded in the attack but recovered from his injuries. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.



South Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Copesville area of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity African National Congress (ANC) Youth League
Specific Description Former Secretary: Thabiso Zulu
Nationality of Target South Africa
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. The attack may have been related to the victim's testifying against recent political killings in the province.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Whistle-blowers living in fear despite bodyguard recommendation," The Mercury (South Africa), October 31, 2019.
"Sindiso Magaqa's close friend Thabiso Zulu in hiding after assassination attempt," Times LIVE South Africa, October 28, 2019.
"Protection will be provided to shot whistleblower, KZN ANC vows," News24, October 28, 2019.