07/09/2017 13:43 BST | Updated 07/09/2017 13:46 BST

'We'll Kill This Dog' -- Bodyguards Of ANC KZN Leader Make Death Threats

This comes amid political killings that have plagued the province.

FrantiA!ek Czanner

A video apparently showing bodyguards of a KwaZulu-Natal ANC leader -- showing off high-calibre firearms and making death threats -- has emerged.

eNCA is reporting that the men are bodyguards of ANC eThekwini regional secretary, Bheki Ntuli.

"We'll kill this dog today. It's going down today," one of them said.

In the video, the men can be heard making death threats while cocking an AK-47, which is illegal to carry in South Africa.

It is unclear who they are threatening.

The video comes amid a scourge of political killings that have plagued the KwaZulu-Natal province, with AK-47s used in many of the assassinations.

On Monday, former ANC Youth League secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa succumbed to his injuries after he was shot in July.

Read: Protestors Are Killed On Instructions Of Politicians In KZN And Society Turns A Blind Eye -- Inquiry

The party's chairperson in the province, Sihle Zikalala, came under criticism earlier this week when he told Eyewitness News that the rate at which the killings were happening was embarrassing to the province.

It remains unclear when the video was filmed.

The ANC in the province on Thursday issued a statement, saying it "strongly denounces and distances itself from this irresponsible display of weapons, irrespective of the purpose for which it was done".

In its statement, the ANC called on the "security company responsible for these security guards to take actions against this unpalatable conduct (sic)".