Killing probe ‘long overdue’

2011-01-24 10:23

A probe into the killing of politicians and government officials in Mpumalanga, announced by national police Commissioner General Bheki Cele, is long overdue, the Democratic Alliance said today.

“The ANC and especially premier [David] Mabuza, have been suspiciously silent on this matter. The DA believes that the probe is long overdue,” DA Mpumalanga leader Anthony Benadie said.

He said it was of “critical importance” that the team be given the space, time and resources to investigate the killings.

“The ANC must give the absolute assurance that no politician or official will attempt either directly or indirectly to interfere or tamper with this investigation.

Cele on Friday announced a team of 12 investigators were dispatched to the province to probe the murders – which had been going on for years, the New Age online reported.

“I’ve noted that every January from three years ago, people are being murdered,” he said.

“I’ve tasked 12 investigators from all the provinces to investigate the matter. Anyone who has information about any of the murders in the province must contact the nearest police station.”

According to the Sowetan the team would start with the first murder of Mbombela municipality speaker Jimmy Mohlala.

Ehlanzeni municipal chief whip Johan Ndlovu was the most recent victim.

The paper reported a “hitlist” had been widely circulated, hits carried out and hired assassins paraded.

The police have claimed these were fabrications.

The DA urged anyone with information about the murders to co-operate with the team to ensure those responsible were held to account.

Reports indicate that at least 14 politicians and government officials were killed under questionable circumstances since 1998.?


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