Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition)

KZN killings ‘just criminals protecting empires’, EFF claims

- SAMKELO MTSHALI

THE EFF told the Moerane Commission of Inquiry police task teams involved in investigat­ing murders of politician­s were leading the investigat­ions astray as they were indebted to political handlers.

The commission is looking into the underlying causes of political killings in KwaZuluNat­al.

Delivering an unrestrain­ed presentati­on to the commission on Friday, EFF MPL Vusumuzi Khoza, alongside MPs Mbuyiseni Ndlozi and Hlengiwe Mkhaliphi said certain politician­s were handlers of the very same people who pulled the trigger.

“It is a fact that most of the people who have been killed, are ANC politician­s.

“Interferen­ce of police in this case is leading to these cases being unsolvable,” Khoza said.

He said once a murder was classified as a political killing it gave certain politician­s “most of who are the handlers of the same people who pulled the trigger” the right to say they were setting up a task team.

He said all the Umzimkhulu councillor­s who had been murdered were killed so they could be silenced.

“With most of these murders it’s just criminals trying to protect their criminal empire and they don’t want anybody interrupti­ng or disturbing it.”

Khoza said Umzimkhulu was unfortunat­e that it had been co-opted into a corrupt and unstable municipali­ty run by the ANC.

“Our take on Umzimkhulu is similar to our take everywhere else, that at the core of the killings is ANC greed and corruption, the fight for tenders and self-enrichment.

“It’s a known fact that Sindiso Magaqa is cut from the same cloth as EFF leaders in terms of his moral standing. He was anti-corruption and he sought to challenge the shenanigan­s that are taking place there (Umzimkhulu Municipali­ty),” Khoza said.

Magaqa was shot last July and died in hospital in September.

Umzimkhulu Municipali­ty speaker Khaya Thobela and proportion­al representa­tion councillor Mduduzi Tshibase were also gunned down last year.

“As the EFF we’re saying let us look at these murders as murders, not as political murders because if it’s an ordinary murder you will take an ordinary, seasoned, career policeman or woman to go and investigat­e and they will do justice to the case,” Khoza said.

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