Political murders 'about the money'

2012-07-29 14:34
Sapa

Sapa

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Political killings in South Africa are not about political dominance but about getting to the trough first.

"Some of these guys literally come out of severe poverty and if they get kicked out they will be back there," said deputy CEO of the SA Institute of Race Relations Frans Cronje.

"The stakes are high... it's about money."

The number of politicians murdered the past five years has escalated, especially between 2010 and 2012.

KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga seem to be the worst affected - with 41 and five killed respectively.

Around the country, at least 46 officials from various political parties have been gunned down around the country.

An idea

Cronje said: "Yes South Africa is a democracy... but I can't think of another country that has this problem.

"We [the institute] have been hard pressed to find a single person killed over an idea. It all depends on tenders and corruption."

He said the issue had been swept under the carpet for far too long and was something that would become very controversial in the next five years.

Historically, KwaZulu-Natal has been a test-bed since the late 80s, and to this day it is still seen as a political killing ground.

ANC KwaZulu-Natal secretary Sihle Zikalala said the party had quite a few officials killed in the last two years, but was difficult to pinpoint motives.

"We have called for serious interventions to crack all these cases. It's destabilising the party."

Full investigation

Zikalala said the ANC did not want to accuse another political party, especially not before a full investigation was conducted.

IFP MP Albert Mncwango said political tension in KwaZulu-Natal was because of the IFP breakaway group the National Freedom Party.

Mncwango said quite a number of councillors in his party had been killed the past five years.

"A rough figure, which is subject to verification, is around 10. We believe it was always politically motivated," he said.

"They took place especially around the Natal Midlands and these murders escalated when there were internal ructions which gave rise to the NFP."

Former IFP chairperson Zanele Magwaza-Msibi and her backers launched the new opposition to the IFP in January 2011.

IFP

The NFP has said 22 of its members have been murdered since its launch. Many of these murders had been blamed on the IFP.

Mncwango said this was unfortunate.

"In all their murders, that they say are politically motivated, I can't think of any IFP member who has been apprehended."

NFP general secretary Nhlanhla Khubisa said the party had never blamed other political parties for the spate of murders.

"We say it's politically motivated because it started immediately when the party was formed and of course in some cases there was some kind of political intolerance."

Khubisa did however say that it was not NFP members killing other NFP members.

"We a threat to somebody, somewhere."

Political intolerance

So is political intolerance in South Africa too high?

According to Zikalala it is.

"It is a problem and the problem of political assassinations is a serious one," he said.

Mncwango said there was a new brand of political intolerance in the country.

It was no longer about parties defending their political strongholds.

"We have a new kind of political intolerance which has to do with tenderpreneurship," he said.

"This is becoming a huge influence in politics and a source of internal ructions in parties."

Because the IFP was not running government it did not hand out tenders and so it had minimal infighting, said Mncwango.

Zikalala said the problem surrounding tenders could not be ruled out but that would form part of the ANC's investigation into the reason for political murders.

Change of mind set

Khubisa said there needed to be a change of mind set amongst members of political parties across the political landscape.

"At some point some kind of political education is needed across all parties," he said.

Five politicians have also been murdered in Mpumalanga since 2007.

There have been allegations of a hit list circulating in the province which had the names of provincial politicians on it.

The list apparently targeted people who stood in the way of access to 2010 Soccer World Cup tenders.

It was said to be compiled, funded and executed by ANC members.

Hit list

Two people, Jimmy Mohlala and Sammy Mpatlanyane, whose names were on the alleged hit list, had been murdered in 2009 and 2010.

Cronje concluded that ANC policy was killing off parts of the party.

"Look at the ANC... money has brought it to where it is."

Material gain, said Cronje, went hand in hand with politics.

This was especially true in a country such as South Africa where the previously poor were now in power.

"The fight for tenders is desperate," Cronje said.

- SAPA

Read more on:    nfp  |  anc  |  sammy mpatlanyane  |  jimmy mohlala  |  sihle zikalala  |  zanele magwaza-msibi  |  frans cronje  |  albert mncwango  |  tenders  |  politics
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
42 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
 

Zuma: Pray for peaceful polls

President Jacob Zuma has asked members of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God to pray for peaceful elections on 7 May.

 
 

Latest elections multimedia

Why Jack Parow wants you to vote on 7 May
The ad the SABC doesn't want to air
Elections 2014 in one cartoon
This year's election posters
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Friday Grabouw - 11:32 AM
    Road name: N2 Eastbound
    DELAYS between Sir Lowrys Pass and Grabouw
  • Friday Cape Town - 10:14 AM
    Road name: M3 Inbound
    EVENT - left lane closed between Rhodes Avenue and UCT
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as kalahari.com’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

DSTV Mobile iDrifta

The iDrifta is a plug and play mobile DVB-H receiver...

From R445.23

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Self-indulgence may be strong today. You may want to enjoy yourself to the fullest and share it with those that make you feel...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.