Mthethwa meets leaders over killings

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IOL pic aug13 unathi mthethwa police Independent Newspapers (File image) Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. Photo: Sizwe Ndingane

Durban - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa is set to meet with the leaders of at least three political parties in KwaZulu-Natal in connection with the recent killings of some of their members.

Mthethwa, speaking in Durban on Sunday, said that he was in the province to discuss the killing of members of the African National Congress, the Inkatha Freedom Party and the National Freedom Party.

He said that he could not divulge details of the meetings but would hold a press conference on Tuesday after he had concluded his meetings.

Asked if he thought that the violence was between members of political parties, Mthethwa said that investigations were at an initial stage and that they mostly point to some “internal dynamics”.

That may not be the complete picture, but there is that indication, he added.

A number of ANC office bearers and NFP councillors have been killed in the past two years. They included a former IFP municipal councillor.

Earlier this year, top leadership of then ANC, including President Zuma, attended the funeral of Wandile Mkhize on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. He had been gunned down shortly after returning from the ANC policy conference in Midrand.

Last month, a high ranking NFP party member, who was the uMzinyathi deputy mayor, turned himself in to police in connection with the killing of NFP party members in the region.

In June, a former IFP ward councillor was shot and killed in Jozini near St Lucia.

Earlier in the day, Mthethwa joined a march against crime by residents in the Mariannhill Park area, and later at St Wendolin's Mission sports grounds he listened to complaints and suggestions from residents. - Sapa

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