Khoza threats traced

TROU­BLED MI­NOR: GIRL ALSO SENT SIN­IS­TER MES­SAGES TO OTHER MPS

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - NEWS -

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

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