Hos­tel hit­men ac­tive across KZN

Gle­be­lands res­i­dents be­hind uMz­imkhulu at­tack — ac­tivist

The Witness - - NEWS - SABELO NSELE • sabelo.nsele@wit­ness.co.za

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.

PHOTO: SABELO NSELE

Hu­man rights ac­tivist Vanessa Burger tes­ti­fies be­fore the Mo­er­ane Com­mis­sion look­ing into KZN po­lit­i­cal killings in the prov­ince.

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