Zulu re­jects no­tion of 3rd party in po­lit­i­cal killings

The New Age (KwaZulu-Natal) - - News - SIHLE MAVUSO sih­lem@the­newage.co.za

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.

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