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Politicians use Glebelands Hostel to shop for assassins, commission hears

Activist Vanessa Burger says that the reason why police have failed to make a single arrest since March 2014 is because some officers are directly involved in the violence.

FILE: The Moerane Commission of Inquiry is investigating political killings in KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: Ziyanda Ncgobo/EWN

DURBAN – With the second day of the Moerane Commission expected to get underway, the panel has heard how the Glebelands Hostel in Umlazi is a place where politicians shop around for assassins working in KwaZulu-Natal.

The inquiry is investigating political killings in the province with Monday's hearing being dominated by stories of violence at the hostel where at least 89 people have been murdered since March 2014.

The commission heard how assassins live at the residence undetected due to mismanagement by the eThekwini Municipality when allocating rooms which have led to tensions between different blocks.

This submission follows a Public Protector’s report which has found that police failed to uphold the rights of Glebelands residents to be free from all forms of violence as written in the Constitution.

Vanessa Burger says that the reason why police have failed to make a single arrest since March 2014 is because some officers are directly involved in the violence.

She says that cops provide hit men living at the Glebelands Hostel with state issued R1 rifles used in crimes linked either to politics or the taxi industry.

Burger submitted a diagram showing how some assassins from the residence can also be linked to murders in the Eastern Cape and southern KwaZulu-Natal.

The activist says this is also exacerbated by the fact that police watchdog Ipid has also been dysfunctional because evidence has not been taken in over a year and medical records are left with pathologists for long periods of time.

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