KZN Premier vows to stop political murders 

By Drum Digital
02 September 2016

The Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Willies Mchunu, has taken a tough stance to eradicate the killing of politicians in the province as he approved the establishment of a commission of inquiry

By Aphiwe Boyce

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Political killings have been prevalent in KZN since 2011. However, there has been rapid escalation in the number of politicians murdered in the province during 2016.

Mchunu said the situation was not only of great concern to the Provincial Government, but it has also been raised by some political parties in the province as a matter that requires urgent intervention. This comes two months after the Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko had set up a task team to tackle incidents of political violence nationally. When he announced the team, Nhleko said the multi-disciplinary task team was asked to investigate the killings and take steps to prevent further violence. The team includes crime intelligence officers, Hawks detectives and other specialised units.

Asked if this commission won’t be a duplication of this work, Mchunu’s spokesperson Ndabezinhle Sibiya said that won’t be the case. “The Premier held discussions with [the] Police Minister, we are certain we will not be doing the same thing and our focus is our province. But the Premier will give the details of the process at a later stage,” Sibiya said.

He stated that the processes of setting up this commission are continuing. These include making a presentation before the provincial legislature and consultation with political leaders through the Multi-party Intervention Committee.

Sibiya added that in many instances there were indications that iinkabi (hitmen) were hired to kill people. “We would like to encourage them [hitmen] and all community members to come forward with the information that can help eradicate the violence in the province.”

Meanwhile, Sibiya also condemned the teachers who prey on young learners. This followed reports of a teacher who allegedly had sexual relationships with learners at Ekucabangeni High School in Nquthu in uMzinyathi District. “They take advantage of their trust in them and their poor backgrounds.”

He said the Premier had mandated the Department of Education to intensify a campaign aimed at the restoration of moral fibre for teachers to see learners as their children and desist from unsavoury relations with them.

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