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    Considering where we were taught how to do things...

    https://www.thesouthafrican.com/poli...bs-corruption/

    A spate of violent attacks in Limpopo, the latest of which has left one person dead, is the direct result of the VBS mutual bank corruption saga.
    This is according to the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU), which has spearheaded the battle against those implicated in the wanton looting of VBS mutual bank. The organisation’s General Secretary, Simon Mathe, issued a statement in the wake of the latest shooting, noting that those targeted in the attacks led the charge to have Mayors and other political representatives removed from office as a result of their sordid involvement with VBS.
    Trade Unionist killed in cold blood


    On Wednesday evening, Limpopo Deputy Provincial Secretary of SAMWU, Roland Mani, was shot down in cold blood; killed just minutes after attending a meeting at the Vhembe District Municipality in Thohoyandou.


    Mani’s murder was not an isolated incident. Days prior, an employee of the Vhembe District Municipality and former SAMWU Limpopo Chairperson, was the victim of a botched assassination attempt. Timson Tshililo, who was also outspoken on the issue of corruption pertaining specifically to the VBS saga, was wounded during the attack. He is currently recuperating in hospital.


    VBS saga still plagues Limpopo


    Mathe explained that the recent attacks on SAMWU members are part of a broader assassination plot, aimed at silencing those who dare to speak out against corruption in the province. The union said:


    “We are definitely convinced that the two shootings are related as both victims are employees of the Vhembe District Municipality and have been in the forefront of protests which led to the removal of Mayors who illegally invested money with the now liquidated VBS Mutual Bank.


    These shootings also happen just as the union was preparing to intensify its campaign for more accountability and removal of more people who were responsible for these illegal investments which costs municipalities almost R1. 5 Billion.


    No amount of violence will deter the union from exposing corruption at municipal level, corruption which had severely affected service delivery.”


    In an attempt to quell the violence and bring the perpetrators to book, the Limpopo Provincial Commissioner has assembled a task team to investigate the killing of Mani and other related attacks.

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    https://m.news24.com/SouthAfrica/New...urder-20190317

    The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has confirmed one of its members, Harry Gwala mayor Mluleki Ndobe, and a second person have been taken in by police in connection with the murder of Sindiso Magaqa.


    The former ANC Youth League secretary general died in hospital in September 2017, around two months after he was shot in Mzimkhulu, south of Durban.
    One man, Sibusiso Ncengwa, was arrested almost a year to the day of Magaqa's death in the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital.


    ANC KZN spokesperson Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu told News24 on Sunday that Ndobe, one of its provincial working committee members was "picked up" by police.


    Simelane-Zulu said she was not sure whether this meant that he had been arrested or just taken in for questioning as part of the police's investigation into Magaqa's shooting.
    She said the party was trying to establish more information on the matter.


    Police Minister Bheki Cele's spokeperson, Reneilwe Serero, has confirmed a "senior official from Harry Gwala District Municipality" has been arrested.


    Serero declined to name the "senior official" until he or she has been named.
    The suspects are expected to appear in court "in the next 48 hours," said Serero.
    Meanwhile, the IFP has called on KZN Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomsa Dube-Ncube to "act fast and decisively" on the matter.

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    https://www.iol.co.za/news/south-afr...-cele-20139110

    Arrest of KZN politicians for murder will trigger political fireworks, says Cele

    KwaZulu-Natal / 28 March 2019, 1:19pm / ANA Reporter


    Durban – Police minister Bheki Cele said on Thursday that it was understandable that the arrest of politicians while investigating political killings in KwaZulu-Natal would "trigger political fireworks".


    “[The] task team in its nature of establishment is investigating political killings in KwaZulu-Natal, where politicians have been killed, and at times some of the suspects are politicians, which makes the entire execution of the Task Team mandate to trigger political fireworks.
    “Unfortunately this has been misconstrued as being meddling in political factionalism of political parties using a state apparatus. It must be emphasised that the investigation and subsequent prosecutions of these cases are done in accordance with the rule of law and ideas enshrined in our constitution,” he said.


    Cele was speaking at Servamus House, the provincial police headquarters in Durban.
    He was providing an update on the successes of the inter-ministerial committee (IMC) on political killings, which was established in May last year by president Cyril Ramaphosa.

    A new, beefed-up task team was announced just after the IMC was established. The team was mandated with investigating 163 dockets related to political killings in the province.

    Out of the 163 dockets, said Cele, 80 were for murder, 24 for attempted murder, 36 for intimidation and the remainder were for “other charges”.


    The task team had made a total of 161 arrests, said Cele.

    Twenty-five people had been detained for questioning and released, 136 suspects had been charged, 66 suspects were in custody, 32 were out on bail and 27 had been convicted, he said.


    Two suspects had died, five accused had been sentenced to life imprisonment and 22 accused had been sentenced to between six months and 50 years imprisonment.
    “While we consider these successes of 163 cases to be very significant, it is even more encouraging to note that from 163 case dockets, there have been 52 finalised dockets thus far.


    “Fifty-nine cases are currently pending in court and 52 case dockets are still under investigation, with a result of 27 convictions. On six of the 59 cases currently pending in court, charges have been provisionally withdrawn against some of the identified suspects. Amongst the six cases that have been provisionally withdrawn, some suspects have been re-arrested and their cases have been enrolled in different courts,” he said.


    KwaZulu-Natal was rocked last week by the arrest of two ANC mayors who were allegedly linked to political killings.


    Harry Gwala District Municipality mayor Mluleki Ndobe spent eight days in jail after being linked to the murder of former ANCYL leader Sindiso Magaqa, but was released with one of his four co-accused on Monday, during a formal bail application, because of insufficient evidence.


    Providing clarity on the matter, Cele said: “The cases have not been withdrawn, certain charges have been withdrawn.”


    Newcastle Local Municipality mayor Dr Ntuthuko Mahlaba is currently in custody after being charged for his alleged part in the murder of regional ANC leader Wandile Ngobeni in 2016. He will make a formal bail application on Monday.




    Responding to questions that eThekwini Municipality mayor Zandile Gumede – who also heads the country’s biggest ANC branch – was soon to be arrested for murder, Cele said: I don’t deal with speculation or investigations that are not finalised.”


    Other high profile cases currently in court “that are across the political spectrum”, said Cele, included the murders of SACP member Londiwe Mhlongo, IFP councillor Sibuyiselo Dlamini and ANC member Msawenkosi Mchunu.


    Other murders being investigated included the killing of Umvoti chief traffic officer, Thobani Ndaba, who was shot and killed last year at the municipal premises.


    The killing of Oscar Hlatshwayo, a senior engineering official at the Alfred Duma (Ladysmith) Local Municipality, who was gunned down in February after dropping his children at school, was also being investigated, said Cele.

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