Killing of mur­der sus­pects ‘nor­mal’

The Mercury - - NEWS - Bon­gani Hans

PO­LIT­I­CAL in­ter­fer­ence and the lack of po­lit­i­cal willpower could lead to the mur­der case of for­mer ANC Youth League gen­eral-sec­re­tary Sindiso Ma­gaqa re­main­ing un­solved, his close po­lit­i­cal as­so­ciate warned the Mo­er­ane Com­mis­sion yes­ter­day.

On his sec­ond day of tes­ti­mony, for­mer ANC Youth League Harry Gwala re­gion sec­re­tary Thabiso Zulu, said the killing of sus­pects im­pli­cated in po­lit­i­cal mur­ders had also be­come the or­der of the day in KwaZulu-Natal. He said this was done to pro­tect cor­rupt po­lit­i­cal lead­ers.

Zulu told the com­mis­sion that has been set up to in­ves­ti­gate po­lit­i­cal mur­ders in KwaZulu-Natal that Ma­gaqa’s shoot­ing in July was linked to other killings of ANC lead­ers in the prov­ince.

Zulu yes­ter­day ap­peared be­fore the com­mis­sion in Mayville, Dur­ban, with bun­dles of doc­u­ments, say­ing he had come pre­pared to spill the beans on cor­rup­tion and po­lit­i­cal killings.

He wore short pants, run­ning shoes and soc­cer socks.

He said po­lice had lied when they linked Jabu Mdunge, who had been killed early last month in Kok­stad dur­ing a cash-in-tran­sit-re­lated shoot-out with po­lice, to Ma­gaqa’s mur­der.

Zulu de­scribed an as­ser­tion by EFF leader, Julius Malema that Ma­gaqa had been killed be­cause he was about to join Malema’s party as mis­lead­ing.

He said Ma­gaqa was killed be­cause he was vo­cal against cor­rup­tion in Umz­imkhulu Mu­nic­i­pal­ity. One of the is­sues that Ma­gaqa had been in­ves­ti­gat­ing was the mil­lions of rand in­vested in the re­vamp of a com­mu­nity hall in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity. De­spite mil­lions be­ing shelled out the project has stalled and is 50% com­plete even though con­struc­tion work was ex­pected to have started in 2011.

Zulu claimed po­lice lied be­cause they could not han­dle the mount­ing public pres­sure.

“They say the sus­pect is from Mol­weni but lived in Berea in Dur­ban. They said he was liv­ing in a spe­cific hos­tel.

“We checked with izin­duna in the hos­tel, and they said they had never heard of this man” he said.

He said im­pli­cat­ing a dead man was an at­tempt to bury the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“They (po­lice) are go­ing to col­lapse this case in the most con­ve­nient way pos­si­ble be­cause that will pro­tect the mas­ter­minds.

“If they ar­rest two or three foot sol­diers they can claim that they have killed the hit­man but those be­hind the mur­ders are never re­vealed. We know this takes place be­cause we have been mon­i­tor­ing them,” he said.

Hawks spokesper­son Bri­gadier Hang­wani Mu­laudzi, when asked to re­spond to Zulu’s claims, said the Hawks would not com­ment be­fore the com­mis­sion had an op­por­tu­nity to com­plete its in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

He said other po­lit­i­cal mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tions in­clud­ing those of ANC eThek­wini re­gional sec­re­tary Sbu Sibiya and Wandile Mkhize, an ANC coun­cil­lor in the Ray Nkonyeni Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, Port Shep­stone, had all reached sim­i­lar dead ends.

To­day, for­mer Umz­imkhulu mayor Mandla Ng­cobo is ex­pected to pro­vide tes­ti­mony on the mur­ders in the Harry Gwala Re­gion.

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