Police told who to arrest, Moerane commission hears

Umzimkhulu Mayor Mphuthumi Mpabanga says that warring factions in the regional ANC are to blame for the killings this year.

A delegation from the Umzimkhulu Municipality at the Moerane Commission of Inquiry in Pietermaritzburg. Picture: Ziyanda Ngcobo/EWN

DURBAN - The Moerane Commission of Inquiry investigating political killings in KwaZulu-Natal has heard how there’s political interference which determines whether suspects are arrested in cases believed to be assassinations.

Umzimkhulu councillors gave their testimonies on Monday, dismissing claims that there’s corruption in the municipality.

The area came into sharp focus after the death of former African National Congress (ANC) Youth League secretary Sindiso Magaqa whose funeral saw allegations of financial mismanagement in the refurbishment of a memorial hall.

Umzimkhulu Mayor Mphuthumi Mpabanga says that warring factions in the regional ANC are to blame for the killings this year.

“It should be also mentioned that there is a considerable amount of political interference in the law enforcement. The police are told who to arrest and who not to arrest. In this regard, it is believed that the VIP protection company is under siege due to political influence.”