Hostel hitmen active across KZN
Glebelands residents behind uMzimkhulu attack — activist
THE recent shooting of three ANC councillors in uMzimkhulu was carried out by hitmen from the notorious Durban hostel, Glebelands.
This was the testimony of human rights activists Vanessa Burger at the Moerane Commission investigating political killings in the province.
Burger, who said she had been doing her research on the hostel since March 2014, said the hitmen based at the hostel were used throughout the province as killers.
She said as many as 89 killings are linked to the Gleblelands hitmen.
This includes people killed in the hostel and political activists killed throughout the province and in the Eastern Cape.
Burger said she believed hitmen from Gleblelands are also hired as hitmen in taxi violence or “when anyone needs to be taken out”.
Last week three ANC councillors in uMzimkhulu — Sindiso Magaqa, ward 11 councillor Nonsikelelo Mafa and ward 16 councillor Jabu Mzizi — were shot at.
Testifying under oath, Burger said Gleblelands hitmen were responsible for the attempted murder of the three, who are in critical condition in hospital.
She said money had been raised for the hit and the hitmen went to uMzimkhulu. “Maybe that money was used to pay the hitmen, to buy guns or even a vehicle. I do not know,” she said.
“Glebelands has become a national shame. Everyone has turned a blind eye on the hostel. The hostel is a haven for hitmen,” she said.
Burger said she believed the Glebelands hitmen were also involved in three other killings that have rocked the area recently.
She said violence in the hostel had become selfsustaining because it was linked to the corrupt awarding of tenders in the area.
Burger said tenders were only given to those connected to the elite and said money gained from corrupt activities was used to fund hits. She blamed corruption and factionalism in the ANC for the outbreak of violence in the hostel.
“Glebelands is the strongest ANC supporting hostel in Durban so it is easy to hide corruption. In other hostels the ANC do not have strong support,” she said.
Burger said killings in the area started after people started calling for the removal of an ANC councillor who was accused of underperforming.
“The ANC must learn to listen to communities. There is terrible arrogance from the ANC. People are being killed because they have valid concerns. Some people were saying they still love the ANC, but the ANC is killing them,” she said.
The commission was established by Premier Willies Mchunu after political killings spiked in the runup to last year’s local government elections.
Human rights activist Vanessa Burger testifies before the Moerane Commission looking into KZN political killings in the province.