AS IT HAPPENED: Delay in KZN premier receiving final Moerane Commission report

2018-06-12 15:00

KZN Premier Willies Mchunu was meant to have officially received the final report from the Moerane Commission of inquiry, but the briefing was cancelled after a lengthy delay.

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12 Jun 15:23

After a prolonged delay with no real explanation or excuse, the briefing has now been cancelled. A new date for the handing over of the final report from the Moerane Commission of inquiry is yet to be determined.

12 Jun 15:15

According to an official from the premier's office, the premier is attending a special cabinet meeting which appears to have run way over time.

12 Jun 15:14

12 Jun 15:09

12 Jun 15:03

Members of the media have just been informed of a further 25-minute delay.

12 Jun 14:53

The handover of the final Moerane Commission report continues to be delayed, since 14:00, without any clear reason why.

12 Jun 14:46

12 Jun 14:02

12 Jun 14:02

KZN premier to receive Moerane Commission report 

KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Premier Willies Mchunu will on Tuesday officially receive the final report from the commission that investigated a spate of suspected politically motivated killings in the province.

The commission of inquiry, chaired by Advocate Marumo Moerane, was set up in 2016 by Mchunu.

The commission investigated killings that have taken place in the province since 2011. It has been widely reported that political killings in KZN since 2014 have claimed well over 100 lives.

The Moerane report will be handed over in the presence of the media, where aspects of the report will be assessed. The report is also expected to be tabled in Parliament. 

The premier's spokesperson Thami Ngidi previously told News24 that the transcripts would not be made public because key witnesses would be compromised. 

12 Jun 14:02


KZN political killings: Witness intimidation part of 'enormous challenges' encountered in probe 

"Enormous challenges" have been encountered in the investigation of political killings in KwaZulu-Natal, according to the inter-ministerial committee probing the latest incidents of violence in the province.

The inter-ministerial committee in the security cluster was set up by President Cyril Ramaphosa on May 14, after the murder of ANC convenor in the Moses Mabhida region, Musawenkosi Mchunu.

Mchunu was shot dead on May 11.

The ministerial task team comprises the departments of justice, police, state security and defence.

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula revealed at a media briefing on Monday that, in their interaction with the multi-disciplinary team set up in 2016 to investigate the killings, it became "clear" that there were challenges in the process.

"In our interaction it has become clear that there have been enormous challenges, hence the inability to conclude some of the cases," she said.

12 Jun 14:02


'Most wanted' Glebelands murder suspect gets 10 years after pleading guilty to attempted murder 

The "most wanted" Glebelands Hostel murders suspect has been sentenced to 10 years in jail after he pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted murder on Tuesday.

Bongani Mbhele, 33, was sentenced at the Scottburgh Regional Court for the attempted murder of Thobile Mazongolo Jamani, Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane told News24. 

Mbhele shot and wounded Jamani at about 05:30 on September 30, 2016 at the hostel's Block 52, Zwane said.

"The accused was arrested on 30 April at his homestead in Umthwalume," said Zwane.

Mbhele appeared at the Umlazi Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, May 2, for a separate attempted murder case of Fezeka Njiyelo, 29, who was shot and wounded in 2016 at the Glebelands Hostel. 

12 Jun 14:02


Transcripts from Moerane Commission won't be made public yet - chairperson 

The Moerane Commission, which is looking into political killings in KwaZulu-Natal, says that transcripts from the commission have not been made public because key witnesses could be compromised.

"The transcripts are still embargoed because there are a number of witnesses whose identities should not be revealed," commission chairperson Marumo Moerane told News24 on Monday.

Moerane said the final decision on the release of transcripts would be left to Premier Willies Mchunu once he had received the report. 

When asked if the transcripts could be released with witness names censored, Moerane said this was a possibility at a later stage.

12 Jun 14:02


Glebelands Hostel the 'centre' of KZN violence - Moerane Commission hears 

Evidence leaders at the Moerane Commission delivered their closing arguments in Mount Edgecombe on Wednesday - after almost a year of public hearings.

The commission was established by Premier Willis Mchunu in October 2016, amid a high number of political killings in the province. Chaired by advocate Marumo Moerane, the commission is investigating killings in the province since 2011.

Leading evidence in a full day sitting, advocates Bheki Manyathi and Andile Ngqanda attempted to draw focus and assist commissioners producing their final report on political killings that have plagued KwaZulu-Natal in recent years.

Manyathi spoke at length about the infamous Glebelands Hostel and said that, while the commission was not investigating the hostel itself, it featured strongly because politics was the primary cause of violence there. 

12 Jun 14:02


Forensic delays stall probes, police tell Moerane Commission 

The slow rate of return on forensic evidence was a significant problem hampering the speed of police investigations, the Moerane Commission heard on Monday.

Senior KwaZulu-Natal police officers presented themselves before the commission as they were quizzed on numerous testimonies indicting poor police work.

Brigadier Tebogo Mbhele, the provincial head of organised crime, conceded that the slow rate of forensics was a trend.

Mbhele said it could be considered a weak link in investigations, contributing to the frustrations of families and communities. 

12 Jun 14:02


Moerane Commission: Police testify that Glebelands murders were not political 

KwaZulu-Natal police have testified that the high number of murders at the infamous Glebelands Hostel were not politically motivated.

The senior police officers were giving evidence at the Moerane Commission of Inquiry on Monday, detailing progress police had made in investigating killings, and responding to numerous claims of poor police work.

Brigadier Tebogo Mbhele, the provincial head of organised crime in KZN and the head of the task team investigating Glebelands murders and attempted murders, said he personally read up on cases.

"Since I took over investigating cases [at] Glebelands, I have perused a lot of cases where we obtained statements. There is nothing linking those murder cases to politics. The murders are pure criminality, nothing else. The people who have been arrested are ordinary criminals." 

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