Regional organiser for political party arrested on murder charge

2015-10-18 18:32
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Cape Town - A murder suspect who authorities say was working as a regional organiser for a political party was arrested at a community meeting and will appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court soon, police said on Sunday.

Spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker in a statement said the 45-year-old suspect was arrested on Saturday in Melmoth in connection with a murder committed on November 29 2014 in Cato Manor.

The victim was stabbed to death after an altercation, allegedly with the suspect who now worked for the National Freedom Party.

"The suspect went into hiding. Provincial Crime Intelligence members worked tirelessly and finally located the suspect where he was working... as a regional organiser in the Umthonjaneni District,” Naicker said.

"After information was gathered and verified, police proceeded to the Melmoth Town Hall where the party was having a meeting and arrested the suspect. He was taken to his place of residence in Makhasaneni and his house was searched."

The suspect was then taken to Durban where he will face a murder charge.

"Investigators believe that they will also link the suspect to various murder cases committed at the KwaMashu Hostel," he added.

But the National Freedom Party secretary general Professor Nhlanhla Khubisa said the execution of the arrest was "disturbing" as the police "used teargas to spray all those who were wearing NFP t-shirts or NFP regalia".

"As the NFP we will not stand on the way of the law, [but] the law has to do things correctly," Khubisa said, insisting that the party and its members never resisted during the arrest.

"The NFP will hold back and allow the law to take its course. Our unhappiness will only be vented out where our members are treated like second class citizens of the republic."

Khubisa further denied that the suspect was a regional organiser, saying that they have not yet filled this position.

"We need to check our records, but as far as I know, he was a member," he said.

Attempts to reach Naicker were unsuccessful.

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