Khoza death threats traced to Cape Town 17-year-old
DEATH threats made to ANC Member of Parliament Dr Makhosi Khoza have been traced to a 17-year-old high school pupil from Gugulethu in Cape Town, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has revealed.
Speaking in Durban yesterday, Mbalula accused Khoza of misleading the police and not co-operating with their investigation.
Numerous attempts to contact Khoza for comment were unsuccessful but she did issue a post on Facebook yesterday, saying she was aware of Mbalula’s claim.
“Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula has pronounced to the media that a 17-year-old girl from Gugulethu is behind the death threats that I have been receiving for the past few months.
“I am not in a position to comment on this, as I have not yet received any form of communication from the Minister about the progress made on the two criminal cases opened in both Polokwane and Durban.
“It must be said, however, that the Daily Maverick published the number which had sent me death threats. (It) was registered to the Black Land First (BLF).
“I find it odd that the Minister has made no mention of this. Despite the motives, who- ever is behind the death threats that I continue to receive, must be brought to book,” she posted.
Mbalula also visited the notorious Glebelands Hostel in uMlazi, where he met residents of Block R. Close to 100 people have been murdered in the hostel since 2014.
He said a satellite police station and the presence of more police officers would be in operation within a week at the hostel in an attempt to quell the killings and other criminal activities at the hostel.
Mbalula said the hostels’ state of dilapidation made them a “nest for crimninality”.
“Twelve cellular phone numbers utilised to threaten people were successfully traced to (the teenage girl) and her mother in Cape Town.
“Since 7 August 2016, she has threatened and harassed about seven people serving or working at the National Assembly.
“She is also responsible for the intimidation case opened in Gauteng by Minister of Communications Ayanda Dlodlo”, who was threatened in July. Others threatened by the 17-year-old, Mbalula said, included Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, Communications Deputy Minister Thandi Mahambehlala, MP Phelekwa Mfuyo, Xoliswa Salman, Bukelwa Ntantiso and Nobuntu Khuse.
The teenager’s father had informed police that this was not the first time the family had been involved in this type of threat and he had often had to intervene in similar situations within his community of Gugulethu, Mbalula said.
“Of great public interest is the question raised in particular by Dr Khoza who intimated that the threats on her life were as a result of ANC infighting.
“Dr Khoza was not informing South Africans the truth,” said Mbalula.
“These threats came from a troubled minor and (Khoza) was not the only person threatened in this way.
“Dr Khoza also periodically informed the public about these threats on her life and during our threat assessment, we could not identify the actionable threat,” said Mbalula.
He accused Khoza of lying when she claimed the threats had emanated from within the ANC and said she had refused to co-operate with the investigation by refusing to hand over her cellphone to investigators.