National parliamentary probe into KZN killings
THE spate of political killings in KwaZulu-Natal is receiving national attention, with a group of MPs to grill top officials in the police over the murders and the police watchdog.
Chairman of the portfolio committee on police, Francois Beukman, said yesterday that their visit to the province, which starts today and ends on Friday, would inform them of action that needed to be taken.
Other than visits to police stations in Empangeni, Nongoma, Pietermaritzburg, uMlazi and Chatsworth, MPs would meet officials and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) on the situation.
KZN has been engulfed by political murders over the past few years.
Most of the killings have been of ANC councillors.
The killing of ANC councillors and other top officials in municipalities increased last year, in the build-up to the local government elections in August.
There have since been more than 20 ANC councillors and officials slain.
The police have set up a special task team to probe the political murders in the province.
Three weeks ago, three ANC councillors survived an assassination attempt after they were shot at in uMzimkulu.
The province is also grappling with murders at Glebelands Hostel, which experts said was a hotbed for hired hitmen.
Beukman said they would meet Ipid on the evidence that came out of the Commission of Inquiry set up by KZN Premier Willies Mchunu.
The commission has heard evidence of police officers colluding with the killers and not arresting the perpetrators.
Beukman said they wanted Ipid to talk about the evidence from the commission on the police, and the action taken.
He said they would visit police stations to look at the state of policing in the province, and travel to areas where they would meet stakeholders.
After the oversight visit, the committee would draw up a report that would be tabled in Parliament with recommendations on what needed to be done.
Acting head of the Hawks Lt-Gen Yolisa Matakata would also meet the committee in Durban this week.
The meeting follows a recent burglary at the Hawks offices in Pretoria. MPs have expressed concern about the burglary.
Matakata has been at the helm of the unit over the past four months after she took over from Berning Ntlemeza.