As everyone head to the polling boot to cast their vote for the local government election, SA’s National Persecuting Authority (NPA) has promised to investigate and arrest all those linked to politically connected killings in the country.
The authority says it will be working closely with the police to ensure a faster and effective investigation of the politically-motivated crimes in the country.
About fourteen people have been so far arrested by the state police following their link with political killings all around the country and the NPA head Shaun Abrahams who is more concerned about the issue says he looks forward to seeing more people arrested and prosecuted.
The country has experienced a number of political killings and violence which has left citizens with fears of the outcome of the local government elections.
More than a dozen people have been reportedly murdered, most of them ANC members in KwaZulu-Natal, in the run up to the polls. These killings have left ANC members fear for their lives.
To this, NPA’s Abrahams said the authority will ensure the speedy finalization of cases related to election violence. He has appointed highly experienced prosecutors to place particular focus on political killings reported in Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.
Acting police commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane says more people have been arrested in connection with the killing of a ward councillor candidate in KwaZulu-Natal.
“It’s still early days but we’re confident that we’ve a solid case.” he said as the NPA says crimes related to the intimidation of voters will also be prioritized.
2000 Soldiers Deployed For The Elections
Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma has delegated two thousand soldiers to help secure today’s elections, giving them a mandate to remain on the ground for a week after the polls.
The president said the 2,000 soldiers will help maintain law and order during and after their elections, but urged all South Africans to vote in the local government elections, which he believes will be a “resounding success”.
Added to this, the state police is deploying nearly half of its members to be on election duty, while in Johannesburg almost three thousand metro police officers have been assigned to protect the polls.
Zuma has however assured the nation a free and safe election, describing it as a precious right and a key celebration of the country’s hard won freedom.