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Money channeled through Glebeland hostel to fund KZN ANC, commission told

In harrowing submissions made to the commission, activist Vanessa Burger shared how money is collected from Glebelands residents to remunerate assassins.

Advocate Marumo Moerane. Picture: Ziyanda Ngcobo/EWN

DURBAN – The Moerane Commission investigating political killings in KwaZulu-Natal has heard how money is channeled from the eThekwini Municipality through the Glebelands hostel to fund provincial African National Congress (ANC) coffers.

Monday was the first day of hearings where community activist Vanessa Burger claimed the violence has been caused because a faction of the party wants its member to remain in power to push corruption.

The Glebelands hostel has been subject to an investigation by the Public Protector’s office where it has been found that 89 people have been killed since March 2014, with no conviction to date.

Burger says there is an ANC councillor who is fighting to stay in power at the residence in order for tenders to be channelled through him to fund the provincial party through the municipality.

In harrowing submissions made to the commission, Burger shared how money is collected from Glebelands residents to remunerate assassins.

This, she claims, happened as early as last week where hitmen were paid to kill three ANC councillors in Umzimkhulu, including former ANC Youth League leader Sindiso Magaqa.

Burger says the assassins live at the hostel to the knowledge of police politicians and others who seek their services.

She also adds that the hitmen are not one homogenous group and are now a law unto themselves desperate to do anything for money.

On Tuesday, a representative from the traditional leaders and academic from the University of KwaZulu-Natal will be making presentations.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)