DURBAN - INDEPENDENT community activist Vanessa Burger has taken the stand to give testimony at the Moerane Commission sitting at the department of public works in Mayville, Durban on Monday morning.
The commission was set up by Premier Willies Mchunu last year to look into killings in KwaZulu-Natal which were believed to be politically motivated.
In opening the resumed session, which is expected to see a number of residents of the Glebelands hostel testifying, evidence leader Advocate Bheki Manyathi tabled a combined perspective by four witnesses who testified at the beginning of the commission, and asked Burger if she agreed with or wanted to add more to their perspective.
“The witnesses’ combined perspective is that politics, power, failure by the Metro police, the SAPS, failure by the municipality, corruption and personal enrichment were the motivation for the killings at the Glebelands Hostel. Do you agree or want to add more to that?” Manyathi asked Burger.
“I agree with the perspective by the witnesses. The hostel violence and illegal eviction had a socio-economic impact on the residents and their families, especially in the rural areas.