Instability and political assassinations go hand in hand, says Willies Mchunu


Through Samkelo Mtshali 18 months ago

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Durban – Former KwaZulu-Natal Prime Minister Willies Mchunu has said it would be a grave mistake to dissociate the general instability of KZN from the politically motivated killings that continue to plague the province ahead of next Monday’s local elections .

Mchunu’s comments come as murders resurfaced in the province in recent weeks, with Nongoma Ward 17 NFP candidate Dumisani Qwabe being the latest victim in recent weeks as local elections loom on the horizon. .

Speaking in a television interview on Wednesday, Mchunu said that some of those involved in feeding the instability are also ANC members and it is they who come into the ANC and cause disruption, but that this did not happen only in the ANC as there was a similar problem in other political parties.

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“The Moerane Commission urged the involvement of civil society organizations and if you take the political assassinations and dissociate them from the general instability that occurs during the period of government elections, whether local or provincial and national , then you are making a mistake. Throughout our life in KwaZulu-Natal, we live with a lot of instability, ”Mchunu said.

He called for the country’s strong intelligence capability, adding that without proper intelligence there can be no adequate security.

“So you don’t shoot in the dark because you know who are the culprits, who are the engines of this type of violence and then in this case the State, the President and even the Minister can act directly. Even the police, you can deploy your police properly, but if this structure has weaknesses, forget about security, ”Mchunu said.

The former premier also painted a grim picture of one of the main factors leading to political assassinations, particularly during and around election times in the province.

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Mchunu said that for many parties in the province, local government is lucrative work, and whether you are educated or not, you can be a counselor.

“Therefore, either people are fighting to be advisers themselves and they are ready to kill in the process, or those who are already advisers resist leaving their posts and moreover they are ready to kill to keep their post. “Mchunu said.

He said supporters were also willing to stage killings if their candidates faced obstacles in becoming advisers or keeping their advisers’ posts and that was only to be close to job opportunities and any corruption they were dealing with. could get their hands on the governance framework.

“These are the conclusions, they are not said by me, they were said directly by the Moerane Commission, but we all have a role to play. This is why the Moerane Commission did not focus solely on the security forces or the government.

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On Tuesday, the NFP announced Qwabe’s murder, with the party saying his car had bullet holes and bloodstains, an indication that Qwabe could have been shot before being put in the car, which was then set on fire. .

In recent weeks, the province has seen six more politically motivated killings, including three women who were shot dead in a drive-by shooting by an armed gang in Inanda, north of Durban, while attending a meeting of the ANC.

Last week, EFF city council candidate Thulani Shangase was also gunned down in Pietermaritzburg, after being involved in the campaign for the Red Berets while Siyabonga Mkhize, an ANC councilor candidate for Ward 101 in eThekwini, was shot while campaigning in Cato Crest. .