Residents of Glebelands walk through the hostel in the file picture. Picture: Sandile Ndlovu/ANA

Pietermaritzburg - A cleansing ceremony covering all Durban hostels needs to be undertaken for the people that died during political clashes between the African National Congress (ANC) and Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), the Moerane Commission on political killings in Pietermaritzburg heard on Thursday.

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini needs to oversee the ceremony, and unless the ceremony happens the killings in hostels would continue, Ubunye bamahostela deputy chairperson Mthembiseni Thusi said.

Thusi issued the warning from the organisation of hostel dwellers. Ubunye bamahostela, a non- partisan organisation representing hostel dwellers from Durban, expressed concerns over the killings and insisted on a cleansing ceremony. 

“We hold a view that there are lots of restless souls from the time of political violence that need to be properly rested and a cleansing ceremony will address that,” Thusi said.

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He told the commission that the organisation was formed in 2007 as a response to the challenges faced by hostel dwellers and said they were convinced that politicians were too conflicted to end the killings. 

Out of concern over violence especially in Glebelands, Thusi added, the organisation had asked for the intervention from the United Nations, Right to Know and the public protector.

“Politicians have failed to put an end to this violence; we are convinced that His Majesty can do this as he has demonstrated in the past. Let us recall that when there were xenophobic attacks in the province he addressed an imbizo and the attacks stopped,” said Thusi. 

The killings in Glebelands are mainly political as most of the members are from one political party, he said. 

On Friday the National Freedom Party is expected to give evidence before the commission.