Khoza death threats traced to Cape Town 17-year-old

Saturday Star - - NEWS - SAMKELO MTSHALI

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.

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