Generals join KZN task team

2012-08-15 00:00

POLICE Minister Nathi Mthethwa announced yesterday that two national senior police officer have deployed to assist the provincial task team in its investigations into political violence.

The announcement follows a meeting in Durban yesterday at which members of the ANC, Inkatha Freedom Party and the National Freedom Party discussed the spate of politically related killings in KwaZulu-Natal,

National head of detective services Lieutenant-General Vinesh Moonoo and acting head of crime intelligence Chris Ngcobo will provide support to the task team.

Since the team was put together, a 33 year-old man has been arrested for allegedly conspiring to murder of Wandile Mkhize, who was ANC chief whip in the Hibiscus Coast Municipality.

The man will appear in the Ramsgate Regional Court on August 21 for a bail application.

Mthethwa said the two generals would be involved in every aspect of the task team’s work.

“The head of detectives will ensure that investigations are done not only to catch perpetrators, but to secure convictions. Crime intelligence will be looking to draw up the profiles of individuals who could be responsible for these kinds of crime.”

Mthethwa said the arrest of the suspect in Mkhize’s murder was a sign that some important work was already being done by the police.

“This arrest is a breakthrough. You can see where the team is going. If there is no arrest then you start to have doubts and the public also start to have doubts and lose confidence.”

Political parties welcomed the minister’s announcement.

NFP leader Maliyakhe Shelembe said his party had hired a private detective to investigate the killings of party members more deeply.

uMzinyathi District Deputy Mayor, Mjabulelwa Mkhize, a member of the NFP, handed himself over to the police in Greytown last month in connection with the killings of NFP officials.

ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said in a statement the meeting between political parties and the minister had raised hopes about the province’s attempts to end politically related murders.

“We are pleased that the minister has assigned the police officers from the national office to work with the police in KwaZulu-Natal to investigate political killings.”

The IFP said it fully supported the minister’s initiative.

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