Mpumalanga killing probe overdue - DA

2011-01-24 20:56

Mbombela - A probe into the killing of politicians and government officials in Mpumalanga, announced by National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele, is long overdue, the Democratic Alliance said on Monday.

"The ANC and especially Premier [David] Mabuza, have been suspiciously silent on this matter. The DA believes that the probe is long overdue," DA Mpumalanga leader Anthony Benadie said in a statement.

He said it was of "critical importance" that the team be given the space, time and resources to investigate the killings.

"The ANC must give the absolute assurance that no politician or official will attempt either directly or indirectly to interfere or tamper with this investigation."

Cele on Friday announced a team of 12 investigators were to be dispatched to the province to probe the murders - which had been going on for years, the New Age online reported.

"I've noted that every January from three years ago, people are being murdered," he said.

"I've tasked 12 investigators from all the provinces to investigate the matter. Anyone who has information about any of the murders in the province must contact the nearest police station."

'Politically motivated murders'

According to the Sowetan the team would start with the first murder of Mbombela municipality speaker Jimmy Mohlala. Ehlanzeni municipal chief whip Johan Ndlovu was the most recent victim.

The paper reported a "hit-list" had been widely circulated, hits carried out and hired assassins paraded. The police have claimed these were fabrications.

The DA urged anyone with information about the murders to co-operate with the team to ensure those responsible were held to account.

Reports indicate that at least 14 politicians and government officials were killed under questionable circumstances since 1998.

The National Union of Metalwokers of SA in Mpumalanga also voiced its approval of the move to probe the killings.

"We hope these investigations will expose the real masterminds behind these heinous acts of eliminating political opponents through the barrel of the gun, for self-centred and accumulation interests," said regional secretary Eric Linda in a statement.

"These strings of politically motivated murders have made our province a... haven for political murders, which has defocused the progressive forces in the province to lead society and deliver on the electoral promises made to the people of the province."

Linda said the investigation should look into a series of tenders procured by government. It should look into maladministration and corruption.

  • Iceman - 2011-01-24 21:14

    what i heard is that the guys at the top in mpumalanga and their cronies are corrupt beyond believe, and will stop at nothing to hide their corrupt the premier has appointed his brother to head up some sort of CIA buraeu...hmmm where theres smoke...

      Beverley - 2011-01-25 06:44

      Indeed they are!!

      Janaman - 2011-01-25 09:02

      African Mafia? cant last to long there is way too much greed!

  • GT - 2011-01-24 21:23

    The Wild Wild East. Nothing has changed in 500 years. It has always been a factional place with fortunes made and lost through the spear, gun and TNT.

  • barry.mcbride - 2011-01-24 21:58

    Such “heinous acts of eliminating political opponents” are no more shocking than the many other murders committed daily.

      alansmartSnr - 2012-04-22 20:44

      Don't see what all this fuss is about. These same victims and a lot which are still breathing are busy murdering this country. To my mind the sooner they got rid of, the better our country may be governed. These murders were most probably against corrupt officials by corrupt cadres anyhow. Compliments to the DA anyhow for their anti-corrupt attitude and fearless way of insisting on answers. We would not have this if they were in power and running things.

  • Macho Mike - 2011-01-24 22:08

    Eish, i can't believe, i thought is was the fault of Apartheid again......

  • people.3000 - 2011-01-25 02:05

    I had to laugh at the statement; "I've noted that every January from three years ago, people are being murdered" Only now you noticed? Where have you been the last years, what have you been doing? Arranging more R500 million deals with perks i guess...

      blackmonkey - 2011-01-25 08:20

      dude you are an idiot, Cele was not in command then...get your statement right.

  • Kevin Rack - 2011-01-25 03:44

    Murdering comrades or murdering Comrades. This is what the once mighty ANC has become under ZUMA. Shame on all you card carrying members that you tolerate this killings. Shame on you. Its starts at the top, recent Shaik annoncements show that high level ANC officials have been involved in these asasinations. I thought we got rid of the evil National Party but it looks like the murdering ways of our leaders continue. Lets also look at the murdered policemen who were investigating corruption.

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