IPID, KZN police must answer to Moerane commission - Parliament

2017-07-20 17:19
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Johannesburg - Parliament's police portfolio committee has instructed the SAPS and IPID in KwaZulu-Natal to respond to allegations about the role of police officers in politically-motivated killings.

Doing so was in the interest of transparency and accountability, committee chairperson Francois Beukman said in a statement on Thursday.

Damning claims that the IPID had failed to hold officers allegedly involved in assaults and murders at the Glebelands Hostel in Umlazi, Durban, to account, have emerged at the Moerane Commission of Inquiry's hearings.

"We believe that it is essential that SAPS and IPID should present their side of the story at the Moerane Commission of Inquiry, so that the commission and the public at large can be fully informed on what is being done to solve the large number of unsolved murders, including allegations relating to the involvement of rogue members of the SAPS," he said.

SAPS and IPID had to address any allegations that had a negative impact on them, he said.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu established the commission in October 2016, chaired by advocate Marumo Moerane, to investigate the high number of political killings in the province since 2011.

Since March 13, 2014, 89 people had been murdered for political reasons in KwaZulu-Natal. No arrests had been made, the commission heard previously.

The committee intended meeting provincial management of the Hawks and detective services to establish what steps were being taken to solve these murders. It would find out from IPID’s provincial management what it was doing about alleged criminal conduct by police officers.

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