Mchunu to face vi­o­lence in­quiry

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FOR­MER KwaZulu-Na­tal premier and ANC provin­cial chair­man Senzo Mchunu will tes­tify next week be­fore the Mo­er­ane Com­mis­sion in­ves­ti­gat­ing po­lit­i­cal killings in the prov­ince.

Com­mis­sion spokesper­son Solo Mdle­dle con­firmed that Mchunu would be tes­ti­fy­ing next Wed­nes­day.

Mchunu will ap­pear at a time of height­ened po­lit­i­cal ten­sion within his party af­ter the Pi­eter­mar­itzburg High Court ruled on Tues­day that the ANC’s 2015 provin­cial con­fer­ence re­sults were null and void.

Mchunu was the party’s provin­cial chair­man be­fore the con­fer­ence but was ousted by cur­rent chair­man Sihle Zikalala.

A clutch of known Mchunuback­ing ANC mem­bers took their griev­ances to court af­ter claim­ing that in­ter­nal party pro­cesses had failed.

The ver­dict ef­fec­tively nul­li­fies the power of the top tier lead­er­ship in the prov­ince, although the party has said it will ap­peal.

The ap­peals process has caused con­tro­versy. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the provin­cial women’s, youth and vet­er­ans’ leagues said on Wed­nes­day that ask­ing for “per­mis­sion” from the na­tional ANC lead­er­ship to ap­peal was more of a cour­tesy than a ne­ces­sity.

The Mo­er­ane Com­mis­sion was es­tab­lished by cur­rent premier Wil­lies Mchunu (no re­la­tion to Senzo) to in­ves­ti­gate dozens of po­lit­i­cal killings in the prov­ince, the most re­cent be­ing that of Sindiso Ma­gaqa, a for­mer ANC Youth League sec­re­tary-gen­eral.

Ma­gaqa was shot in July but only died this month while in hos­pi­tal. Po­lice are look­ing into the pos­si­bil­ity that he was poi­soned.

Ma­gaqa’s fu­neral takes place in uMz­imkhulu on Satur­day.

Mdle­dle said via a se­ries of What­sApp mes­sages that other wit­nesses for the week ahead in­clude IFP MPL Blessed Gwala, who would ap­pear on Tues­day, and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the SACP, who would tes­tify on Thurs­day.

Gwala is also his party’s spokesper­son on com­mu­nity safety and li­ai­son. KwaZulu-Na­tal has been a hot­bed of po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence for decades, ini­tially be­tween IFP and ANC sup­port­ers.

But in re­cent years it has man­i­fested in in­tra-party vi­o­lence as ANC mem­bers scram­ble for high-pay­ing coun­cil­lor po­si­tions or seek to set­tle vendet­tas, ac­cord­ing to tes­ti­mony al­ready heard at the Mo­er­ane Com­mis­sion. – ANA

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