The Moerane commission investigating the KZN political killings says it heard that President Jacob Zuma may be linked the rising violence in the province.
The commission began its investigations on Monday after receiving an alarming record of about 77 people being killed since March 2014.
The commission was to find out what would possibly cause tensions in the province and why no arrests have been made despite 89 people being killed since March 2014.
Last month, the Public Protector’s office found that the eThekwini Municipality and police failed to prevent and investigate crime in KZN, particularly the increase of KZN political killings in the area.
At the same time, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has reinforced a task team investigating political violence in the province, particularly in the Glebelands Hostel in Umlazi which is now described as a home where politicians shop for hitmen.
Independent community activist Vanessa Burger who reacted to this said the assassins in the Glebelands Hostel often times take jobs from politicians and the taxi industry.
When asked to what extent the provincial killings are linked to national factions, Burger said even President Zuma is involved through those supporting him in KZN.
She claims the hostel is an African National Congress stronghold and a party councillor needs to remain at Glebelands in order to channel money from the eThekwini Municipality.
A former resident is now making a submission, claiming that a policeman was involved with the hitmen and even supplied arms.
The issue of political killing isn’t peculiar to the KZN alone, the rising call for Zuma to step down have seen a tremendous increase of the political killings and death threats.
The most recent is the death threat received by one of ANC top official and a member of the Parliament, Makhosi Khoza who has been receiving death threat since she publicly spoke against President Jacob Zuma.
The threat to the MP and her family started after she criticised the ANC government for abandoning 11 million South Africans that voted the party to power.
It became worse when she publicly supported the secret vote meant to spark up move to finally oust Zuma.
Political killings are, however, likely to increase this year ahead of the ANC’s elective conference in December, political analyst and violence monitor Lukhona Mnguni said.
Mnguni who was speaking at the Moerane Commission, held in Durban, said as political contestation increase in the leap of the December conference, political killings are likely to be on a steady rise.
“KZN is the biggest political province of the ANC. It’s highly contested. We also know that some of the people who are raising their hands for positions, at least three of them are from KZN, which then means that there’s going to be a lot of political contestation in the lead up to the December conference,” he said.
Mnguni said although there were political killings in other parts of the country, the KZN Political killings were more prevalent and one of the underlying causes is intra-party political killings, he said, referring to comrades in arms who vied for positions.