Commission of inquiry into KZN political killings to be set up

2016-07-22 18:30
ANC Nelson Mandela Bay spokesperson Gift Ngqondi, Zizi Kodwa and Bheza Ntshona brief the media. (News24)

Durban - The process of establishing a commission of inquiry into politically related killings in KwaZulu-Natal has begun, the office of the premier said on Thursday.

This comes after the African National Congress in the province this week called on the KwaZulu-Natal government to urgently establish a commission after two of its members were killed hours apart on Monday.

Bongani Skhosana, a Ward 1 candidate in the Umziwabantu municipality, in the Lower South Coast region, was killed in his car in front of his children as he was about to take them to school.

Khanyisile Sibisi, 41, was shot in the afternoon while on her way to donate goods at a Mandela Day event in Ladysmith.

Several people have been killed in the province, in what are believed to be politically motivated killings. Twelve ANC members have reportedly been killed in the province in the lead up to the August 3 elections.

KwaZulu-Natal premier Willies Mchunu said he had consulted widely on the matter because the commission could not duplicate the work being done by the police, and that the commission would have to adhere to legal frameworks.

He said on Wednesday that he had met with Police Minister Nathi Nhleko and that they both had agreed that a commission needed to be established.

Mchunu said that, in addition, Nhleko had appointed a special task team to investigate the political killings in the province.

"We are busy drawing up terms of reference for this commission. We will also start the processes of identifying and appointing commissioners. A formal announcement with the details and names of the commissioners will be made public as soon as these processes are completed," said Mchunu.

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