Zulu rejects notion of 3rd party in political killings
THE Moerane Commission has been told that the notion of a third force fuelling the ongoing political killings in KZN was nothing but “alcohol-infused” thinking.
Continuing his testimony yesterday, Thabiso Zulu told the commission sitting in Durban that the killings were over tenders and positions in the ANC. Zulu, who was armed with a load of files, said if there was a third force as alleged, the killings would be happening on both sides (meaning different political parties) to provoke a prolonged war but as it was, most of those murdered were members of the ANC.
“This is targeted killing done by comrades within our own movement. It’s targeted, calculated and ruthless (killing) of comrades by thugs that are hired by their own comrades, there is no third force at all,” Zulu said.
He said those who claimed that there was a third force must explain what they thought the term third force meant.
“They are playing their own figmentations (sic) in their own rooms, looking at themselves in the mirror or after drinking KWV and they go out and they claim that there is a third force.”
At the end of his testimony, commission chair advocate Marumo Moerane thanked Zulu for his bravery saying he was aware that his life could be at risk. Moerane however said the truth would protect Zulu.
Mandla Ngcobo, the purged and disposed former speaker of the Harry Gwala district, will appear before the commission today. Ngcobo, who is now unemployed and living on a pension, was the one who blew the whistle on corruption. He even wrote to the provincial ANC asking it to probe alleged rampant corruption in the municipality.
Also due to testify today is Xolani Ndlovu, the former National Freedom Party (NFP) treasurer-general, who was accused of failing to pay for the party to register for the 2016 local government elections.
He went into hiding immediately after that incident. He is expected to shed light on killings within the NFP amid brutal jostling for positions in the party and councillor posts in several municipalities.