New probe into KZN killings

2018-05-15 16:36
ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa points out to the scene where ANC activist Musawenkosi “Qashana” Mchunu was shot on Friday. Ramaphosa visited Mchunu’s family on Monday.

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa points out to the scene where ANC activist Musawenkosi “Qashana” Mchunu was shot on Friday. Ramaphosa visited Mchunu’s family on Monday. (Ian Carbutt)

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has formed a ministerial task team to probe political killings in the province as the SAPS political task team has failed to get to the bottom of the killings.

Ramaphosa said on Monday the team would be formed by Police Minister Bheki Cele, State Security Minister Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba, Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and Justice Minister Michael Masutha.

Addressing ANC members who came to pay their respects at the kwaPata home of slain ANC activist Musawenkosi “Qashana” Mchunu, Ramaphosa said there had been no arrests made by the task team since its formation except the arrests made after the killing of ANC activist Sifiso Cele in Margate last week.

“I want them to meet on Monday and give me a report by the end of [next] week. We want to know who are the people behind the killings of our comrades. I want to know what is really happening in the province. An immediate investigation must happen. Those responsible for these killings must be immediately arrested and brought to justice. We will not allow KZN to be the killing fields of SA,” he said.

Ramaphosa was accompanied by ANC national chairperson Gwede Mantashe and ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte.

Divisions in the ruling party were again laid bare when ANC activists who sang and danced outside Mchunu’s house for about two hours while waiting for Ramaphosa, booed Duarte and cheered Mantashe.

Durban businessman and Sanco treasurer Roy Moodley, was also confronted by ANC activists who questioned his presence there.

Ramaphosa conceded that political killings in the province were getting out of hand.

“Mchunu is the 14th person to be killed in this region. This needs to stop now. Those who did this will be found. They can hide wherever they want but [Bheki] Cele will find them,” he said.

Ramaphosa, who shelved an urgent discussion on the North West to deal with political killings in the province, started his visit by meeting the ANC regional leadership before going to Mchunu’s house in KwaPata.

After visiting the Mchunu family, Ramaphosa met with leaders of the aggrieved branches including Msunduzi councillors Mtuza Mkhize, Sandile Dlamini, Mehmood Oumar and former councillor Sibusiso Mkhize, before driving to Durban where he met with members of the provincial task team.

Ramaphosa said the killing of the former ANC Youth League regional leader, who was serving as the Sanco provincial organiser, was a blow to the ANC’s unity attempts.

“He was working for unity in this region. We hope his blood will strengthen the organisation,” he said.

ANC members shouted names of senior ANC regional leaders whom they accused of being behind the killings.

They also pressured Ramaphosa to disband the Moses Mabhida regional executive committee.

Used cartridges seen by The Witness on Friday night after Mchunu had been shot when he pulled onto his driveway, were still scattered at the scene on Monday.

Ramaphosa told the crowd that they would discuss the calls for the regional conference to be postponed.

“We are going to discuss it and we [will] give you a report back,” he said.

Ramaphosa promised also to give the aggrieved party members an audience about their allegations of corruption in Msunduzi.

“We will come back and hear what is going on in your municipality,” he said.

Ramaphosa called for calm ahead of national elections, saying the ANC needed to be united and strong before next year’s polls.


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