NFP asks police for quick investigation into murders

2011-08-12 00:00

FOLLOWING the killing of three leaders of the National Freedom Party within a week, the party’s leadership plans to meet urgently with the MEC for Community Safety and Liaison, Willies Mchunu, and provincial Police Commissioner Lieutenant-Colonel Mammonye Ngobeni.

Spokesperson Zanele Cele said the NFP’s KwaMashu Hostel branch treasurer Mfaniseni Mtshali (45), was killed on Wednesday night.

The killing happenend just as the NFP was mourning the death of two of its leaders killed last weekend.

Mtshali was shot in his room at the hostel and 10 spent 9mm cartridges were found next to his body.

He killing came just three days after two other NFP leaders — Thintabantu Mthembu, a traditional headman at KwaNgenetsheni reserve in Vryheid, and eThekwini youth leader Gundu Makhanya — were shot dead in separate incidents.

Cele said that in the wake of these killings within a short period, the NFP leaders decided to seek an audience with Mchunu and Ngobeni.

The aim is to find a way forward for the investigations into what she described as political assassinations, Cele said.

“These assassinations are worrying as they appear to be orchestrated by faceless enemies whose main objective is to arouse fears among our leaders and members.

“We appeal to the provincial Police Commissioner … to hasten the investigations as it is clear that this is a campaign to eliminate the NFP as the role-player in certain parts of the province.”

Cele appealed to NFP supporters not to lose their composure and retaliate.

“They must have faith that the South Africa Police Force will arrests the perpetrators.”

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker confirmed the Mtshali murder and said the matter is being investigated by a police political violence task team.

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