‘Hit list’ handed to cops

2016-01-29 12:25
The ‘hit list’ with names of those included blacked out by The Witness.

The ‘hit list’ with names of those included blacked out by The Witness. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - The regional ANC handed over the alleged Msunduzi “hit list” to the police to avoid “creating instability” in the region, according to its secretary.

The list, reported on by The Witness on Monday, contained 15 names including senior city officials, city political office bearers, Mkhonto weSizwe military veterans, traffic officers, municipal union leaders, Correctional Service employees, ANC Youth League members and VIP protection officers who live or work within the uMgungundlovu district.

uMgungundlovu regional secretary Mzi Zuma said they knew of the list “on Saturday” (January 23).

“There was nothing we could discuss but we agreed we had to relay the list to law enforcement agencies,” said Zuma.

He said they gave the list of names to the Umgungundlovu South SAPS Cluster management, led by Major-General Lucas Ngobeni.

“We were worried that if we did not alert the authorities promptly the list could have the potential of creating unnecessary instability,” said Zuma.

He said a criminal charge was not opened.

“We asked them to look into it and then at a later stage advise us on what we should do. Once they know more then we can make an informed decision such as opening up a case,” said Zuma.

The list, which was a screengrab from a cellphone, was titled “Sekungaze kube ne list yabantu abazobulawa ngendaba ye placement neqiso”, which loosely translates into “Should there be a list of people to be killed just because of placement”.

At the base of the list is written “Rest in peace Cde Dlamini” referring to Superintendent Pumla “Joe” Dlamini, who was the acting manager of public safety in the Msunduzi traffic department. Dlamini, who was number eight on the list, was brutally gunned down in his Washington Road office earlier this month, allegedly by Sifiso Ernest Hlengwa (39), also known as “Scorpion”.

Hlengwa, who had been on the run since the January 14 shooting, handed himself in at the Alexandra police station this week and has since appeared before the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on a charge of murder. He was remanded into custody.

Hlengwa managed the armoury at the traffic department.

• jonathan.erasmus@witness.co.za

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