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Political crimes task force to create atmosphere for free, fair elections

Nathi Nhleko set up a task team in June after the murder of a number of ANC members, mostly in KZN.

FILE: Police Minister Nathi Nhleko. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko says one aim of the special task team probing politically motivated crimes is to instil public confidence and stability through the speedy prosecution of suspects.

Nhleko set up the task team in June after the murder of a number of African National Congress members, mostly in KwaZulu-Natal, that were said to be politically motivated.

According to the police's count, 13 people have been killed and at least 23 arrested for various politically motivated crimes in that province.

Nhleko says the task team has four objectives, which includes creating an atmosphere that is conducive for free and fair elections.

"To immediately attend to and investigate as well as prosecute only reported incidents of politically motivated crimes in KwaZulu-Natal."

The team is made up of specialised units, including the taxi-violence task force.



"In most of these particular incidents you'll find that they are hitmen that are also being utilised and some of them operate within the taxi industry."

Murder cases have also been opened in Gauteng, North West, Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape.