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Nhleko says taxi hitmen linked to KZN political attacks

According to police, 13 people were killed and at least 23 arrested for various politically motivated crimes.

Minister of Police Nathi Nhleko during a media briefing at the Imbizo Media Centre in Cape Town. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko says hired hitmen with links to the taxi industry are believed to be involved in the politically motivated attacks in KwaZulu-Natal.

Nhleko set up a 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 were killed and at least 23 arrested for various politically motivated crimes.

#PoliticalKillings Phahlane tells us that in KZN there were 13 bodies registered, but figures may have changed. RE



The task team consists of special units including the taxi-violence task force. Nhleko explains why: "In most of these particular incidences, we will find that there are hitmen who are being utilised. Some of them are operating in the taxi industry."

Nhleko says the National Prosecuting Authority is expected to fast-track cases of politically-motivated crimes.

Among the aims of the task team, is to ensure there's stability, to allow for free and fair elections on 3 August.

#PoliticalKillings Nhleko: we are committed to peaceful elections. Nature of deployments will be determined by each area's circumstance. RE



To view EWN 's story map locating political attacks, click here.