Willies Mchunu receives final Moerane Commission report

The commission probed the killings that have rocked the province since 2011 amid reports that the crimes were politically motivated.

FILE: KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu. Picture: @kzngov/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - The KwaZulu-Natal premier’s office has confirmed it’s received the final report from the Moerane Commission of Inquiry.

The commission probed the killings that have rocked the province since 2011 amid reports that the crimes were politically motivated. At least 100 people were murdered since 2014.

The report contains submissions given over two years. Premier Willies Mchunu will now have 21 days to examine it before tabling it in Parliament.

The premier's spokesperson Thami Ngidi said: “It might well be that he requires fewer days than 21, after which he then has to table the report in Parliament, through the Speaker and portfolio committee.”

The Moerane Commission of Inquiry heard, last year, that South Africa has become a dysfunctional democracy that puts unqualified politicians in power.

University of KwaZulu-Natal academic Paulus Zulu said that the intra-party violence is usually a fight for control over resources, like the distribution of tenders.

Zulu added the fact that councillors don’t need to have a qualification means that anyone can occupy that position, creating a highly competitive environment where blood being shed is the norm.

Additional reporting by Ziyanda Ngcobo.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)