INQUIRY INTO KZN KILLINGS RESTARTS
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. • email@example.com