More blood spilt at hostel
Two shot dead under cover of darkness
AMAN and woman were shot and killed at uMlazi’s notorious Glebelands hostel on Wednesday night, just minutes apart. The killings occurred 10 days after the Moerane Commission investigating political killings in KwaZulu-Natal heard witness testimony about murders at the violence-ridden hostel.
The police said yesterday morning that a 32-year-old man had been shot in the head at about 8.15pm on Wednesday.
About 15 minutes later, a 52-year-old woman who runs a tuck shop at her home near the hostel, was also shot dead.
Police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele said the male victim had been taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
“The motive is unknown. A case of murder was opened at uMlazi police station for investigation.”
Responding to questions about the woman’s murder, Mbhele said: “It is alleged that yesterday just after 8.30pm, the deceased was at her house where she also runs a tuckshop when she was approached by two unknown suspects pretending to be customers.
“The suspects shot the deceased in the head and chest before fleeing the scene. The motive is unknown.” It was not clear at which block the woman was shot or if the incidents were related.
Mbhele said police deployments remained in place 24-hours at the hostel and encouraged residents to report criminal activity.
Community activist Vanessa Burger, who testified before the Moerane Commission last week, said the man killed on Wednesday had been shot at Block P. This was the second time the victim had been attacked, she said.
“On November 19, 2015, he was shot – together with his mechanic while working on his vehicle – in almost exactly the same manner at precisely the same time,” said Burger. She added that a CCTV camera and high-mast lighting were located near the block.
In her testimony last week, Burger said the hostel was a haven for hitmen that could be hired to operate throughout KZN and could be linked to at least 89 deaths in the province, including those of councillors.
A former Glebelands resident, who testified in-camera, corroborated Burger’s testimony.
The witness has since gone into hiding after alleging he received a threatening phone call.
Solomzi Mdledle, secretary of the commission, confirmed the man had received a call he deemed threatening. Burger, the witness and others testifying before the commission also alleged that the police were involved in hiring hitmen from the hostel and sold weapons to killers-for-hire.
Despite the allegations, police watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) and the SAPS have yet to confirm if they will appear before the commission.
Last Friday, commission chairperson, advocate Marumo Moerane with with commissioners, Professor Cheryl Potgieter and advocate Vasu Gounden inspected three blocks at the hostel that had been mentioned in testimony. P Block did not form part of the visit. The commission resumes on August 16 in Mayville, Durban.