Khoza threats traced
TROUBLED MINOR: GIRL ALSO SENT SINISTER MESSAGES TO OTHER MPS
Minister of police says dissident MP Makhosi Khoza’s claims she received warnings from ANC members are false.
Police have identified a 17-year-old Gugulethu girl as the person who is sending threatening messages to MP Makhosi Khoza and several other ministers, Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula says.
Mbalula revealed this during a press briefing at Umlazi’s notorious Glebelands Hostel yesterday after conducting an inspection of the violence-riddled complex.
He said a link had been established between the young woman and the Democratic Alliance (DA) based on “information posted on social media networks”.
But he added that police had not found any official proof that the 17-year-old was a member of the DA.
“The person who has been threatening Makhosi Khoza is a minor female, a 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 that investigations had included interviews with the girl’s parents, social workers, occupational therapists from the place of safety where the girl is residing and others who had received threats.
“Dr Khoza had intimated the threats on her life were as a result of ANC infighting. Dr Khoza was not telling South Africans the truth or the facts in this particular matter. These threats came from a troubled minor child and [Khoza] was not the only person threatened,” he said.
The girl had threatened seven members of the National Assembly, including Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo and Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, he said.
Dlodlo had opened a case of intimidation against the minor in Gauteng, 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.”
According to Mbalula, the child’s father told police he often had to intervene when the girl did the same thing in her own community.
Investigations had also found that in 2016, the girl was admitted to a place of safety in Elsies River in Cape Town after writing to the ministry of social development alleging her mother was “sending her to foreign nationals for sex and was involved in drugs”. – ANA