Assassinations: IFP in Estcourt calls for probe by special police team

2011-03-03 00:00

AN Inkatha Freedom Party leader in Estcourt has called for a police special investigation team to be appointed to probe political violence between the IFP and the National Freedom Party.

Mthembeni Majola, IFP constituency secretary in Estcourt, made the call following the murder on Friday night of Mbabazane IFP Youth Brigade leader Bongani Ntshalintshali. His murder comes two weeks after that of NFP councillor Mcebiseni Duma (32), who was ambushed on February 16, shortly after announcing his defection to the NFP.

Three suspects have been arrested for that murder, and Majola said the bodyguard of a local councillor was arrested for the latest killing. Police spokesperson

Brigadier Phindile Radebe confirmed that an arrest has been made.

Majola said local police are struggling to deal with NFP-IFP violence and called for a special unit to be established to deal specifically with these cases. Majola is one of the victims of the NFP-IFP violence and is now in a wheelchair following an attack allegedly linked to the conflict.

Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu welcomed the arrest of three suspects for the recent murder of Duma.

“Although the motive for this killing is still under investigation, we wish to send a stern warning to those who have intentions of bringing instability during the up and coming local government elections. We are duty-bound to ensure that the elections run safely and securely and everyone will be able to exercise their constitutional right without fear,” Mchunu said.

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