Taxi driver arrested for IFP member’s death

2012-10-30 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal police have arrested a taxi owner in connection with the killing of IFP member and councillor Themba Xulu, who was found dead in a cane field earlier this month.

Colonel Jay Naicker said yesterday the 34-year-old taxi owner was arrested and made an appearance at Ntuzuma Magistrate’s Court, yesterday.

“The suspect will reappear in the Durban regional court on November 2,” Naicker said.

He would not name the suspect, pending an identity parade to be conducted soon.

“Unfortunately we can’t identify him at this stage at all, the reason being that he might be among those that kidnapped the councillor and we hope witnesses may pick him,” he said.

Naicker described the arrest as a breakthrough following intense police investigation that was set to lead to further arrests.

“It is apparent there was a large group that carried out the kidnapping to kill the councillor. We are confident that there is going to be more arrests soon,” Naicker said.

The IFP heaped praise on the police for the arrest of the suspect.

IFP national deputy spokesman Joshua Mazibuko said his party commended the police for their excellent work.

“We commend the police for the excellent work they have done in apprehending the suspect. We just hope the court will be effective in ensuring that justice is seen to be done,” Mazibuko said.

Xulu was abducted on October 5 from the KwaMashu hostel by five men who were allegedly dressed in police uniforms. His bullet-riddled body was found days later in a cane field outside Inanda.

At the time of his abduction it was reported that there was no warrant of arrest against him.

Xulu is among the political figures killed in the wake of heightened political violence in KwaZulu-Natal which claimed the lives of members from both the IFP and National Freedom Party.

No comment was obtained from the Community Safety and Liaison Department spokesman Kwanele Ncalane at the time of going to press.

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