SACP demands answers on Jimmy Mohlala assassination

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National police commissioner Riah Phiyega has not responded to the South African Communist Party’s request to release an investigation report into Mpumalanga political killings 15 months since she was given a memorandum.

The SACP will be marching to Phiyega’s office in Pretoria again tomorrow to make the request again.

Mpumalanga SACP secretary Bonakele Majuba said Phiyega acknowledged receiving the memorandum and did not respond.

“We regard that as arrogance. This attitude raises questions about what the national commissioner thinks of families who lost their loved ones,” said Majuba.

Phiyega’s predecessor, Bheki Cele, established a 12-member team of police investigators in 2012 to investigate the assassination of former Mbombela speaker Jimmy Mohlala, former Ehlanzeni district municipality chief whip Johan Ndlovu, and former arts and culture department spokesperson Sammy Mpatlanyane.

Cele was fired before releasing the outcome of this investigation. One of its aims was to establish if these murders were politically motivated.

Phiyega’s spokesperson, Lieutenant-General Solomon Makgale, was not available for comment. His office said he was locked in a meeting.

The SACP has been alleging that its members were being intimidated and threatened with death in the province.

They believe Mohlala and another SACP member, Bomber Ntshangase, were among those assassinated for political reasons.

Mohlala was shot dead in 2009 for blowing the whistle on the R1.2 billion Mbombela stadium tender. Ntshangase was opposing corruption in the Govan Mbeki municipality’s rental flats project.

Majuba has had bodyguards for three years after receiving threats.

The party’s second deputy secretary, Mandla Tibane, was accosted by four vehicles and hijacked at gunpoint on May 16 last year while driving on the Witbank/Verena road.

The SACP march will also raise concerns about “institutionalised acts of corruption within municipalities and provincial government departments”.

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