The Witness - - NEWS - SABELO NSELE

THE Mo­er­ane com­mis­sion of in­quiry into po­lit­i­cal killings in the prov­ince re­con­venes to­day.

The R15 mil­lion com­mis­sion, chaired by ad­vo­cate Marumo Mo­er­ane, will hear tes­ti­monies on Gle­be­lands hos­tel, which re­mains on ten­ter­hooks af­ter be­ing be­sieged by po­lit­i­cal killings.

The hear­ings will be held in the Dur­ban KZN De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works build­ing in Mayville. The com­mis­sion was an­nounced by Pre­mier Wil­lies Mchunu in Oc­to­ber last year. It was set up to in­ves­ti­gate po­lit­i­cal killings in the prov­ince from 2011 to the present af­ter po­lit­i­cal killings spiked in the run­up to the 2016 lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions. As many as 34 po­lit­i­cal ac­tivists, who in­ cluded coun­cil­lor can­di­dates and branch lead­ers, were killed dur­ing this pe­riod.

In Pi­eter­mar­itzburg, four po­lit­i­cal ac­tivists were shot and killed dur­ing this pe­riod, some even af­ter the elec­tions.

Pres­sure has been piled on the com­mis­sion to speed up its work af­ter yet an­other shoot­ing, of three coun­cil­lors in Umz­imkhulu on Thurs­day night.

Com­mu­nity Safety and Li­ai­son MEC Mx­olisi Kaunda said the com­mis­sion was con­tin­u­ing with its work.

The first per­son tes­ti­fy­ing to­day is com­mu­nity ac­tivist Vanessa Burger. She has been vo­cal on the Gle­be­lands killings, which she said re­mained “a na­tional blindspot” de­spite nearly three times more peo­ple be­ing killed there to date than were shot at Marikana. • sabelo.nsele@wit­

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