Amajuba murder: ‘hitmen’ arrested

2010-01-30 00:00

FOUR men were arrested in Newcastle in the early hours of yesterday morning in connection with the murder of Amajuba District council member Thenjiwe Buthelezi.

A source revealed that a special task team assigned by KZN Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu pounced on the men at about 1 am.

Buthelezi, a former Federal Congress member, was shot four times at her home on Sunday morning.

It is believed her murder is politically motivated, as she was holding a vote that could tip the scales in favour of the ANC in the municipal power struggle.

The source also disclosed that this was the second arrest by the task team in connection with the murder.

“On the same Sunday of the murder, two men were arrested — one in possession of a 9 mm pistol. Four bullets were missing from the firearm and we believe that the arrest led to this one,” said the source.

It is alleged that the arrested group are izinkabi (hitmen).

The Witness has been informed that one of the arrested claims to be an affilliate of the Federal Congress.

“We have since made our point that the murder of Buthelezi is the result of a power struggle within the district council.

“It is very bad for politics if we will stoop so low and kill people to gain control of municipalities, and of any other political positions for that matter,” said the source.

A senior official in the district said he had heard about yesterday’s arrest, but denied any knowledge of the one carried out on Sunday.

“I only heard about the recent arrest and I have been told that all these men are linked to the murder. It leaves more questions than answers that only one of them claims to be an affilliate of a political party,” said the official.

No senior police officials could confirm the arrests. Police spokeswoman Director Phindile Radebe could not reach the official who could confirm this.

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