Pietermaritzburg city leaders on ‘hit list’

2016-01-25 12:30
The ‘hit list’ with names of those included blacked out by The Witness.

The ‘hit list’ with names of those included blacked out by The Witness. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - A leaked “hit list” targeting people “against corruption”, including high-profile city leaders, has been described as “awkward” and “crazy”.

The list sent to The Witness and being distributed via social networks, is titled “Sekungaze kube ne list yabantu abazobulawa ngendaba ye placement neqiso”, loosely translated means “Should there be a list of people to be killed just because of placement”.

It has 15 names on it including senior city officials, city political office bearers, Mkhonto we Sizwe military veterans, traffic officers, municipal union leaders, Correctional Service employees, ANC Youth League members and VIP protection officers who reside or work in the uMgungundlovu District.

At the base of the list is written “Rest in peace Cde Dlamini” referring to Superintendent Pumla “Joe” Dlamini, who was the acting manager of public safety in the Msunduzi traffic department. Dlamini, who was number eight on the list, was brutally gunned down in his Washington Road office earlier this month by a colleague who has yet to be apprehended. Dlamini’s funeral was held in Durban on Saturday.

A source named in the list has no doubt that it is a “hit list”. The source was first made aware of the list last Saturday and said that “a colleague” who works for the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) called him after seeing his name on the alleged hit list.

“At the moment we don’t know who is responsible for sending the list around but my friend at the NIA said he realised it was something serious when he saw Joe Dlamini’s name on it,” said the source.

The source said the list consisted of “people against corruption”.

City manager Mxolisi Nkosi, who said he had no knowledge of this particular list, said the existence of such lists was “nothing new”, claiming they surfaced from time to time often with his name on it.

When he was told who was on the list, Nkosi called it “awkward” and “crazy” due to the unusual variety of people named and spread of occupations they hold.

“Normally hit lists comprise of politicians. Sometimes we find members who sit on the bid adjudication committees [which oversee tender awards] being included. Nevertheless we take such threats very seriously,” said Nkosi.

He said if there is any truth that the list of names is indeed a hit list and if they had had prior knowledge of it there was “no doubt” that protection would have been provided for Dlamini.

SAPS spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese said no case had yet been registered with the police despite the source saying the matter had been reported to the police. Ngobese “urged” anyone who felt there was an imminent threat to their life to “report to the nearest police station”.

City mayor Chris Ndela declined to comment.

Attempts to obtain comment from the ANC’s uMungundlovu regional secretary Mzi Zuma were unsuccessful.

Meanwhile, further sources who spoke to The Witness on condition they were not named, claimed the creation of the list has everything to do with politics, divisions within the council, the perceived split within the ANC in KZN, the upcoming elections and jostling for positions.

Sources said the atmosphere at the municipality was very tense, with some saying they would not speak about the issue over the phone in case their phones were being monitored.

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