KZN political violence task team arrests suspected hit man

2017-08-25 21:42


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Cape Town - KwaZulu-Natal's Political Violence Task Team has arrested a second person for the murder of Phongola ward councillor Mbhekiseni Khumalo, the Hawks said on Friday.

Khumalo was gunned down at his house in northern KwaZulu-Natal in December 2016 by people who had pretended to need help.

It was at the time of two other political murders - councillor Ace Houston in Harding, and Inkosi Mathonsi of Mandeni.

The police ministry has since established a specialised Political Violence Task Team because of the frequency of murders of politicians in the province.

Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said Bhekinkosi Thwala, 51, was arrested in July, and further investigations had led to police nabbing Jabulani Nkosi, 43, on Wednesday.

They also confiscated an unlicensed firearm and ammunition, which will be used as evidence.

Nkosi appeared in the Phongola Magistrate's Court on Wednesday. The case was postponed to September 21, when it will be combined with Thwala's case.

The arrest comes as the Moerane Commission investigates the high level of political killings in KwaZulu-Natal since 2011.

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