Salga: KZN political killings about yearning for state power

Salga says that the murders have taken place in municipalities that are already dysfunctional and have weak human resources systems.

The Moerane Commission of Inquiry. Picture: Ziyanda Ngcobo/EWN

DURBAN - The Moerane Commission investigating political killings in KwaZulu-Natal has heard how the assassinations of councillors are due to a yearning for state power.

On Tuesday, the South African Local Government Association (Salga) made its submissions detailing how service delivery is being hampered by the killings.

Salga says that the murders have taken place in municipalities that are already dysfunctional and have weak human resources systems.

Salga’s Sabelo Gwala says: “Why is it that when they’re making their ascension, a councillor in a well-established municipality, which has systems in place, is less likely to kill or be killed than a councillor who’s in a municipality where systems have been broken down, where decisions are made by the councillor at that point in time?”

The commission will resume its hearings in September.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)