‘Hitman’ tells of failed bid to assassinate Sibiya

2011-07-25 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal violence task team, a police unit tasked with investigating the assassination of ANC eThekwini regional secretary Sbusiso Sibiya earlier this month, will soon meet an Eastern Cape man who claims that he was hired to assassinate the ANC leader last year.

The Eastern Cape-based Saturday Dispatch reported at the weekend that the alleged hitman, whose identity is known to the newspaper, claimed that he was a member of a criminal gang that was offered R200 000 to assassinate Sibiya last year.

Sibiya was shot several times outside his home in the Congo area of Inanda, outside Durban, and his murder is believed to be linked to the ongoing succession battle within the ANC in the eThekwini region, the biggest ANC region in the country.

The newspaper reported that the gang was sent to Durban last year where it monitored Sibiya’s moves with the intention of killing him, which did not materialise because of police visibility in the area.

“We were sent to Durban last year to follow Sibiya’s moves, but as we were about to murder him we were disturbed by police visibility in the area,” said the alleged hitman.

“We prepared everything and we took pictures [of him].”

The gang returned to East London without pulling off the hit.

However, the plan was for the team to return to Durban.

He said they did not ask who the client was, or what their reasons were in wanting the hit.

“As hitmen we just do the job, get paid and wait for another phone call to execute. I am a hitman, that’s my job.

“I do this for a living and I am earning good money, but people do change,” he said.

The man said he is willing to give information to the police about who hired them to carry out the aborted assassination attempt.

In an interview with The Witness yesterday in the wake of these developments, KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Brigadier Phindile Radebe said no arrest has been made in connection with the Sibiya case and the police unit tasked with Sibiya’s investigation will soon meet the man.

“Earlier on we asked members of the public to come up with any information that might assist police in their investigation.

“We will follow up on the latest developments from the Eastern Cape man.”

However, Radebe could not confirm whether police are getting any results from surveillance cameras at Sibiya’s home and whether there has been any breakthrough in the high-profile investigation.

Last Wednesday the community of Inanda staged a march calling on police to speed up an investigation into Sibiya’s murder.

KZN ANC spokesperson Makhosi Khoza appealed to the alleged hitman to report to police all that he knows about Sibiya’s murder.

“As the ANC we believe Sibiya’s killing was an assasination, but we don’t know the assasinator and the plotters. We want police not only to catch the killer, but to also prosecute those who issued the instruction,” Khoza said.

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