Fight for councillor jobs behind KZN political killings, commission hears

2017-03-30 12:39
KZN Premier Willies Mchunu (City Press).

KZN Premier Willies Mchunu (City Press).

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Durban - Competition for councillor positions in the ANC is one of the reasons for political killings in KwaZulu-Natal, the Moerane Commission heard on Thursday.

Since 2011, there had been over 80 politically-related killings in the province. The victims included party members, councillors and councillor candidates, KwaZulu-Natal violence monitor Mary de Haas told the commission.

Evidence leader Advocate Bheki Manyathi called her to "set the scene" for the hearings.

Premier Willies Mchunu established the commission, chaired by advocate Marumo Moerane, to investigate political killings in the province from 2011 to the present.

De Haas said some of the killings had taken place in hostels, including the KwaMashu hostel and the Glebelands hostel in Umlazi.

"Warlords" in the hostels were used as hitmen to commit political killings throughout the province, she said.

She explained that political killings in the Glebelands hostel had started in 2014, when some Cope leaders living there went back to the ANC.

There had not been a single conviction for any of the Glebelands murders. One reason might be that some Umlazi policemen were being paid to look away, she said.

When the National Freedom Party broke away from the IFP, political killings began at the KwaMashu hostel, said De Haas.

She said NFP leader Zanele kaMagwaza Msibi had said in 2012 that 22 members of her party had been killed at the KwaMashu hostel. Before the formation of her party it was an IFP stronghold.

The hearings continue.

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