Political killings likely to increase this year - political analyst

2017-03-30 18:52
(File)

(File)

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

Durban - Political killings are likely to increase this year ahead of the ANC's elective conference in December, political analyst and violence monitor Lukhona Mnguni said on Thursday.

Mnguni was speaking at the Moerane Commission, held in Durban, which is tasked with investigating the underlying causes of political killings in KwaZulu-Natal.

KwaZulu-Natal accounts for the bulk of political killings in the country.

"KZN is the biggest political province of the ANC. It's highly contested. We also know that some of the people that are raising their hands for positions, at least three of them are from KZN, which then means that there's going to be a lot of political contestation in the lead up to the December conference," he said.

Mnguni said although there were political killings in other parts of the country, the phenomenon was more prevalent in KZN.

One of the underlying causes is intra-party political killings, he said, referring to comrades in arms who vied for positions.

Police corruption

He said when the NFP broke away from the IFP, some of its members saw an opportunity to access state power and an easy income, which resulted in infighting.

When asked about the effectiveness of police in political killings, Mnguni said some officers were corruptible, particularly those with political ties to party leaders.

He said he had observed that most of these killings appeared to be premeditated, "which means they serve a deliberate purpose".

He suggested that the government needed to conduct an audit of firearms post 1994 in order to disarm society.

A specialised police unit should also be set up to look into the political killings, said Mnguni.

Earlier KwaZulu-Natal violence monitor Mary de Haas told the commission chaired by Advocate Marumo Moerane, SC, that late ANC eThekwini region secretary Sbu Sibiya's killing was an "inside job".

Political interference

Sibiya was gunned down outside his home in Inanda in 2011.

De Haas said political interference in most of these killings was one of the reasons for there being no convictions in such cases.

"Killings of witnesses spread fear to other potential witnesses who then choose to rather disappear instead of testifying," she said.

Floor crossing also leads to such killings, added Dr Haas.

Moerane adjourned the hearings until an unconfirmed date. He said the next date will be communicated through the media.

Read more on:    nfp  |  ifp  |  durban  |  politics

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Watch: Investing in the future through child development

An investment of R32-million into 11 early childhood development centres is changing the future for children in the Northern Cape.

Partner Content
What all investors should know about index investing

Index-linked investments are growing fast in popularity globally, and are growing in size and complexity too.

/News
 

Weird things dogs do

Caught your dog doing something... well a little bit odd? Don’t worry, there’s a simple explanation for his behaviour.

 
 

Paws

Makeover saves dog’s life
For the love of Corgis!
Can we communicate with our pets?
8 great natural remedies for your pet
Traffic Alerts
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.