Teen be­hind Khoza threats, says Mbalula

Pretoria News Weekend - - NEWS -

PO­LICE Min­is­ter Fik­ile Mbalula said that po­lice had iden­ti­fied a 17-year-old Gugulethu girl as the per­son send­ing threat­en­ing mes­sages to MP Makhosi Khoza and sev­eral min­is­ters.

Mbalula made the rev­e­la­tions dur­ing a press brief­ing at uMlazi’s no­to­ri­ous Gle­be­lands Hos­tel yes­ter­day after he had con­ducted an in­spec­tion of the vi­o­lence-rid­dled com­plex. He said that a link had been es­tab­lished be­tween the young woman and the Demo­cratic Alliance (DA) based on “in­for­ma­tion posted on so­cial net­works”, but added that po­lice had not found any of­fi­cial proof that the girl was a mem­ber of the DA.

“The per­son who has been threat­en­ing Dr Makhosi Khoza is a mi­nor fe­male, 17-year-old Grade 10 pupil at a high school in Gugulethu, Cape Town. Twelve cel­lu­lar phone num­bers used to threaten peo­ple were suc­cess­fully traced to her and her mother,” he said.

Describing the girl as a “trou­bled mi­nor”, Mbalula said in­ves­ti­ga­tions in­cluded in­ter­view­ing the girl’s par­ents, so­cial work­ers, oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pists from the place of safety where the girl was kept and oth­ers who had suc­cumbed to her of­fences.

“Dr Khoza had in­ti­mated that the threats on her life were as a re­sult of ANC in­fight­ing. Dr Khoza was not telling South Africans the truth or facts on this par­tic­u­lar mat­ter. Th­ese threats came from a trou­bled mi­nor child and (Khoza) was not the only per­son threat­ened this way,” he said.

The young woman had also threat­ened “about seven peo­ple” who were mem­bers of the Na­tional As­sem­bly, he said, in­clud­ing Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Ayanda Dlodlo and So­cial De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Batha­bile Dlamini. Dlodlo had opened a case of in­tim­i­da­tion in Gaut­eng against the mi­nor, he said. “Min­is­ter Dlodlo was threat­ened in a sim­i­lar modus operandi in July. There is an ad­di­tional in­ves­ti­ga­tion in Cape Town cen­tral where the vic­tim even ap­proached the court to in­ter­dict the mi­nor fe­male,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to Mbalula, the child’s fa­ther told po­lice that he of­ten had to in­ter­vene when the girl dis­played the same be­hav­iour within her own com­mu­nity. In­ves­ti­ga­tions had fur­ther re­vealed that last the girl was ad­mit­ted to a place of safety in Elsies River in Cape Town after writ­ing to the min­istry of so­cial de­vel­op­ment al­leg­ing that her mother was “send­ing her to for­eign na­tion­als for sex and was also in­volved in drugs”. – ANA

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