Ntuzuma: more security to be deployed at court

2012-10-17 00:00

SECURITY will be beefed up at the Ntuzuma Magistrate’s Court today (WEDNESDAY)when a National Freedom Party (NFP) councillor appears in court in connection with the killing of an IFP member on Monday.

Police spokesperson Colonel Naicker said yesterday the suspect, who is a member of the eThekwini council, will make his first court appearance after he was charged on Monday with murder and attempted murder for a shooting in front of police.

“We will have to deploy additional police to ensure that there is security in court,” Naicker said.

The NFP councillor was arrested after he shot and killed IFP member Siya Dlamini in full view of police and media outside the court on Monday.

Dlamini was killed after attending a court appearance of four men arrested for allegedly shooting IFP member Cebisile Shezi on October 31.

This happened against the backdrop of other killings attributed to tensions between the IFP and NFP, especially in the kwaMashu area.

Meanwhile, condemnation of Dlamini’s killing continued yesterday.

Joining the condemnation was the government, which expressed shock at the shooting and condemned the use of violence in solving conflict.

“Political parties and the public in general are encouraged to engage in dialogue to resolve differences and to uphold the laws of the country,” Government Communication Information Services acting CEO Phumla Williams said.

ACDP president Kenneth Meshoe called on Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Jeff Radebe to ensure that the suspect who killed the victim in front of the police be prosecuted by the end of this week.

“Why would this case take months before it is finalised when there are so many witnesses to the murder? We would like to see swift justice done in this case …” Meshoe said.

The IFP Youth Brigade said the use of violence to resolve any conflict indicated backwardness and total disregard for the law.

The IFP’s Albert Mncwango took a swipe at the police and NFP leader Zanele Magwaza-Msibi.

“Our South African police behaviour is disappointing and proof that they cannot be trusted if a person can be killed like that in front of them,” he said.

Mncwango also said he was dismayed by Magwaza-Msibi’s reaction, saying that “instead of condemning her people who are targeting and killing IFP members, she rather asked for deployment of soldiers to the hostels”.

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