Mchunu calls for probe into police after family murdered

2014-06-23 00:00

THE eKombe police station in Nkandla is under fire and the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Willies Mchunu, is calling for an immediate probe.

Mchunu called for a probe into the capability of eKombe police station to fight crime following the murder of four family members.

What infuriated Mchunu about the incident is that before the murder occurred the family had reported to the police that they feared for their lives.

Police failed to intervene and four people were gunned down in Eshobalenyathi village in eKombe in a matter believed to be linked to stock theft. Those who died are Sipho Myaka (62), Lindiwe Zuku Myaka (52), Philani Mbatha (3) and Majundu Linda (39).

“This murder occurred after the head of the home, Sipho Myaka, had told the eKombe police that he feared for his safety after armed people confiscated his cattle a week ago,” said Mchunu.

Mchunu expressed disappointment that the local police did not take any measures to protect the family after they expressed concerns about their safety.

He said he would ask the provincial police commissioner, Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni, to conduct a probe into the eKombe police station.

“Among others, the probe should assess whether this police station has a capability to fight crime and criminality in the area.

“In particular, it should look at the capability of the stock theft unit to do its work of preventing the theft of stock and whether it was capable of proactively responding in cases where stock had been stolen to recover the stock,” said Mchunu.

The call for a probe follow reports by the community to Mchunu that police had been told where the stolen cattle were being kept, but did nothing to recover them.

The community also expressed concerns at the proliferation of firearms in the area, saying these posed a risk to the security of the community and were key drivers of crime in the area. Mchunu recommended that the locals should work closely with the police to fight crime. — WR.

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