MPs to probe spate of political killings in KZN
MPs ARE in KwaZulu-Natal this week to look at the political killings in the province, with the evidence from the Moerane Commission of Inquiry at the centre of their meetings with officials.
The commission began its work a few weeks ago with one of the experts and activists saying there had been 89 deaths at Glebelands hostel over the last few years, with no action taken against the perpetrators.
Two more people were shot dead at the hostel last week, bringing the total number of deaths to 91, and there have been no arrests.
The chairman of the portfolio committee on police, Francois Beukman, said yesterday they wanted to get to the bottom of the killings.
He said the committee’s visit would straddle the province, with the aim of understanding the state of policing there.
MPs will meet with the Independent Police Investigative Directorate over the allegations of misconduct against the police relating to the evidence presented against them at the Moerane Commission of Inquiry.
One of the expert witnesses at the commission said last week that some police officers were colluding with the people involved in the killings, and that last week’s killings had happened under the noses of the police.
The witness described the hostel as a go-to place to hire hitmen.
Beukman said they would also meet with Hawks acting head Lieutenant-General Yolisa Matakata this week in Durban, where they would discuss the break-in at the Hawks offices three weeks ago.
The burglary at the Hawks offices in Pretoria was similar to another break-in at the Office of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng in Joburg a few months ago.
The thieves made off with 15 computers containing sensitive information on the country’s more than 250 judges.
There was also another burglary at the Office of the Chief Prosecutor in Pretoria, Matric Luphondo, last week.
Political parties have expressed concern at the spate of burglaries in the offices of top officials in the criminal justice system.
They called on the Minister of Justice, Michael Masutha, to get to the bottom of them.
They complained that more than three months after the break-in at Mogoeng’s office in Midrand there was no end in sight to the burglaries, and no clear motive had been established.
They said that unless the government undertook an extensive, co-ordinated investigation into the break-ins, they would continue.