SACP to tackle MEC over Durban squad’s killings of suspects

2011-10-18 00:00

THE SA Communist Party in KwaZulu-Natal wants to meet Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu to raise its concerns about what it calls “Vlakplaas-style” operations being carried out by the Cato Manor organised crime unit.

The SACP accused the unit of “eliminating” rather than arresting suspects, in the style of the notorious death squads of the apartheid government in the 1980s and 90s.

“We expect police to hunt down criminals and put them before courts to face the law. But most people the unit investigates die in their custody. This unit has perhaps been responsible for the deaths of more suspects at its hands than those who have been prosecuted,” said SACP provincial secretary Themba Mthembu.

He cited the killing of all the suspects in the murder of Colonel Zethembe Chonco and the killings of Inkosi Mbongeleni Zondi, a close ally of President Jacob Zuma, and two suspects in the murder of ANC eThekwini secretary Sbusiso Sibiya.

KZN police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said he will discuss the issue with provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Mammonye Ngobeni and issue a statement today.

At a press conference the SACP also announced some of the resolutions taken at its weekend provincial conference. The party said its “Red October” campaign will this year focus on campaigning in support of the national health insurance scheme.

It condemned the under-spending by some provincial government departments and said it is committed to working to “reposition and improve the state of education”.

“Corruption remains a counter-revolutionary exercise and the SACP at all material times should fight it consistently through its anti-corruption campaign,” Mthembu said.

The party also introduced its newly elected provincial leaders: Mthembu (provincial secretary), James Nxumalo (chairperson), Dolly Caluza (deputy chair), Fortune Bhengu (deputy secretary) and Mbuyiseni Mathonsi (treasurer).

• skhumbuzo.miya@witness.co.za

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