Johannesburg - The South African Communist Party (SACP) in KZN says it wants the Independent Police Investigations Directorate (Ipid) to investigate an emerging pattern that the police are being used to settle political scores by arresting certain politicians and later withdrawing the charges.
In a statement issued after a provincial working committee meeting over the weekend, the party’s provincial secretary Themba Mthembu on Monday said withdrawal of charges against Newcastle Mayor, Dr Ntuthuko Mahlaba, is fueling the perception and something must be done.
He also spoke about the charges against Mluleki Ndobe, the former mayor of Harry Gwala district municipality who is now the KZN legislature deputy speaker.
Mahlaba who is also the regional chairperson of eMalahleni was facing a murder charge over the 2016 killing of Wandile Ngobeni, an ANC youth leader in the same region.
However, the charges were withdrawn last week Thursday when it emerged that the state was only left with one witness who could to help it to secure a conviction. Four others told the court that they were forced by investigators to implicate Mahlaba while the sixth one, Martin Sithole was shot dead early this year.