Mahlobo calls for an end to po­lit­i­cal killings

Min­is­ter slams in­tra-party vi­o­lence in KZN

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STATE Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter David Mahlobo has called for di­vine in­ter­ven­tion in the is­sue of po­lit­i­cal killings, say­ing KwaZulu-Natal could not be left to de­gen­er­ate to killing fields again.

“In this job people think I can proph­esy. Well I can’t fore­see things. I al­ways pray. We have hope that our prayers will be heard and that people will stand up and fight this scourge,” he said.

Mahlobo was ad­dress­ing the com­mu­nity of Umz­imkhulu yes­ter­day with pro­vin­cial and re­gional po­lit­i­cal lead­ers, and re­li­gious lead­ers.

Last week, for­mer ANC Youth League sec­re­tary-gen­eral Sindiso Ma­gaqa‚ now a coun­cil­lor‚ and two of his col­leagues‚ were at­tacked by un­known gun­men‚ land­ing them in hos­pi­tal. They be­came the fourth‚ fifth and sixth vic­tims of vi­o­lence in the area in re­cent months.

Asked whether the in­tel­li­gence of the coun­try has the ca­pac­ity to deal with the po­lit­i­cal killings, Mahlobo said it was in­cor­rect to “point fin­gers”.

“This is a na­tional cri­sis and we all have a role to play in cor­rect­ing this prob­lem. There is very lit­tle govern­ment can do if people are not re­port­ing these things be­cause they hap­pen within your com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

But he blamed cor­rup­tion in the se­cu­rity clus­ter for lack of co-op­er­a­tion from the com­mu­nity. “When people bring us in­for­ma­tion, they should feel safe.

“People must not put their lives at risk by re­port­ing these things.

“Some po­lice and in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials tell these killers and the next thing you know the per­son has been shot dead.”

Mahlobo ad­mit­ted that there needed to be im­prove­ments in the ca­pac­ity and co-or­di­na­tion be­tween de­part­ments fight­ing crime, say­ing ef­forts should be in­tel­li­gence and pros­e­cu­to­rial-driven to work.

He also lam­basted those in­volved in the (ANC) in­tra­party vi­o­lence.

“We did not join the ANC to be min­is­ters or coun­cil­lors. The is­sue of po­si­tions and people think­ing the re­spon­si­bil­ity of be­ing a ward coun­cil­lor is a job, and killing each other must stop,” Mahlobo said.

Mahlobo said the as­sas­si­na­tions were ac­tions of a few people who did not want to see progress of a peace­ful KZN.

He asked the hitmen to de­velop a con­science. “You can’t wake up ev­ery day just to kill people. Please help us and tell the po­lice,” he added.

He also asked the com­mu­nity and the prov­ince to stand to­gether “like they did in the early 90s po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence”.

Mahlobo called on the com­mu­nity to use avail­able struc­tures within the dis­trict and mu­nic­i­pal­ity, in­clud­ing the spe­cial task team in­ves­ti­gat­ing po­lit­i­cal killings in the prov­ince, to fight against “crim­i­nal­ity”.

IN­TER­VEN­TION: State Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter David Mahlobo spoke to the me­dia about po­lit­i­cal killings in Umz­imkhulu yes­ter­day dur­ing church prayers in the area. PIC­TURE: BON­GANI MBATHA

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