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IFP calls on KZN police to reopen cold cases in the killing of amakhosi

IFP caucus spokesperson for Safety and Community Liaison, Blessed Gwala. File photo: Sibonelo Ngcobo

IFP caucus spokesperson for Safety and Community Liaison, Blessed Gwala. File photo: Sibonelo Ngcobo

Published Dec 13, 2021

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DURBAN - The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal has called upon provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi to commission an extensive investigation into the killings of amakhosi with an intention to prosecute all the cold cases.

The IFP’s call comes after the arrest of two women and a man for the murder of a young Inkosi Mzomuhle Zondi, 24, of the Zondi Traditional Council under the Nkandla Local Municipality.

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Zondi was killed at his home on Wednesday, November 10.

IFP caucus spokesperson for Safety and Community Liaison, Blessed Gwala, said the IFP applauds the arrest of three suspects in connection with the killing of acting iNkosi, Zondi.

“We commend the Provincial Investigation Unit, under the command of Lieutenant-General Mkhwanazi, who left no stone unturned in their investigation, which led to the swift arrest,” Gwala said.

He added that the IFP would like to encourage the South African Police Service (SAPS) to apply the same tactics to outstanding cases related to the killings of amakhosi.

“We are concerned that some dockets related to the assassination of amakhosi have been left to gather dust, with no breakthroughs or arrests. We call upon Lt General Mkhwanazi to commission an extensive investigation – with an intention to prosecute – into all these cold cases,” Gwala said.

There was a public outcry on the killings of amakhosi after two amakhosi were gunned down in the King Cetshwayo District in the space of three days.

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Inkosi Hlanganani Biyela of KwaMpukane Royal House at Ndlangubo area, in Eshowe, was shot and killed, allegedly by unknown gunmen.

He was the chairperson of the King Cetshwayo Local House of Traditional Leaders.

Cogta MEC Sipho Hlomuka raised concerns about the killings and said they threatened to destabilise the institution of traditional leadership in our province.

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Hlomuka has been holding izimbizos with amakhosi and izinduna with an intention to find solutions for the killings.

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