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Political Killings in South Africa To Be Investigated

According to South African Police Minister Nathi Nhleko, more than 20 politically-motivated incidents have occured in the country.

The Police Minister said in a media briefing in Cape Town that he has set up a task team to investigate political killings.

The team is built with seven detectives, five crime intelligence officers, four members from the Hawks and eleven members of the taxi violence task team.

According to the minister, these are the cases currently before police:

Gauteng

One case reported on 19 June at Pretoria show-grounds when there was an ANC media briefing regarding the mayoral candidate. One suspect was arrested and has been released on bail. The case will be back in court on 11 August 2016.

North West

One case of murder was reported on 18 March in Maboloka and the matter is still under investigation. No arrests have been made.

Eastern Cape

One case of murder was reported in Tsolo after a shooting incident.  Six suspects were arrested and the case has been remanded to 24 September 2016 for further investigations.

Mpumalanga

One case of murder has been registered at Del Mar police station.

KwaZulu Natal

1. In Imbali township, outside Pietermaritzburg, a case of double murder was reported after  an ANC branch general meeting, two members were shot and killed. Three suspects were arrested, two of them were successfully linked to the murders but one suspect could not be linked. The case will be back in court on 23 August 2016.

2. In area of Inchanga on 24 January 2016 a case of murder and attempted murder was reported after a physical confrontation between South African Communist Party (SACP) members and African National Congress (ANC) members in the area. Seven suspects were arrested and the case was before court 22 July 2016.  Investigations continue.

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