Police To Step-up Combat Against Political Killings


SAPS is shocked at the surge in political killings across South Africa and is set to put a stop to that.

Nkosinathi Nhleko, the Minister of Police said a multi-disciplinary task team has been set up to investigate the political killings and prevent further killings.

As related, the team will be made up of members of SAPS from different units such as Crime Intelligence, Detectives, Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) and other specialized units like Forensics.

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The Minister called on the public and members of political parties who have useful information about the political killings to avail the information to the police for a quick and thorough investigation.

“We have noted with serious concern the incidents of killings particularly where political figures are victims or where the killings are being linked to the upcoming local government.  A situation like this cannot be allowed to continue especially in the context of democracy.

We appeal to all responsible South Africans who value their democracy to ensure that this situation is not allowed to continue by giving information at their disposal to the police so that these killings can be stopped and for perpetrators to face the full might of the law.

With the heated temperature because of the upcoming elections, we are appealing to all to refrain from instigating violence or to use language that may be deemed to incite violence. This is also an appeal to political leaders and parties to give democracy a chance and allow all to exercise their political freedom as enshrined in the Constitution,” Nhleko stated.

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Thereafter, he disclosed that he was assured by the Acting National Police Commissioner that the political killing cases is receiving priority attention.