Arrest: IFP councillor linked to murder probe

2013-03-27 00:00

AN Inkatha Freedom Party councillor is to appear in the Ntuzuma Magistrate’s Court today on serious charges — including being linked to a murder investigation.

Police spokesperson Thulani Zwane said the councillor could not be named as he is yet to appear in court. He was arrested on Monday night.

Zwane, who did not elaborate, said an unlicensed firearm was recovered from the councillor’s house and police were investigating possible links to other crimes committed in the area.

He said the councillor was not facing murder charges as such, but was linked with being an accessory after the fact.

The IFP leader in KZN, Blessed Gwala, said the party had been informed of the arrest.

Gwala said that “right now we are asking our lawyers to look into the matter, not to represent him, but to find out what exactly he is facing”.

“We need to establish whether this is a party- related matter or just criminal conduct.

“If he is charged in the courts for these crimes, we will follow our own internal constitution in dealing with the matter and there will be serious consequences.”

Gwala said the IFP was not aware that there was an investigation at an advanced stage against its councillor when he took his seat.

“We cannot accept a situation where our public official is facing serious criminal charges,” he said.

The MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Willies Mchunu welcomed the arrest and called for restraint by the community.

• thamsanqam@witness.co.za

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