State protection for party

2010-01-27 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Willies Mchunu, has made a tentative directive that the members of the Federal Congress Party in Osizweni in Newcastle receive state protection.

Mchunu was speaking after his visit to the home of one of the party members, Councillor Thenjiwe Buthelezi, who was shot and killed on Sunday.

He said he did not want to see a repeat of what happened in uMvoti in Greytown, where ANC and IFP councillors were killed in revenge attacks.

Mchunu said it is believed that Buthelezi was killed for political reasons, and it is therefore important to intervene and protect the other members who are now fearful for their lives in the belief they may be targeted.

“No reason has been forwarded as to why she was killed, so we believe it was her politics,” Mchunu said.

“In that Amajuba district, there has been a long-running feud, which was about to end, and she was the deciding factor on how it ended. That is why she was killed.”

Mchunu said certain people had encouraged Buthelezi to join forces with the IFP, but she chose to work with the ANC, which put her life in jeopardy.

“The family told us lately that she was receiving a number of death threats,” said Mchunu.

He assured the family that the police are on the trail of the killers and that they will be captured soon.

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