"Stende Mbatha was shot and killed in Nongoma
on January 29, 2005. Today we received information that seven people
were arrested in the area in connection with the murder. An arsenal of
weapons was also seized, including one AK-47, one pump gun, one 9mm
pistol, one .38 revolver and a shot gun."
"We are now awaiting the justice system to
take its course and we hope that this is the first step towards bringing
peace and stability to the Nongoma area where we have in the past shown
that there is deliberate political destablising of the area."
"Most telling of these arrests is that those
arrested are known to be part of the ANC's activities in the area. This
breakthrough by the police should be allowed to continue and we urge the
police to follow-up on these arrests by uncovering the network of
murderers who have ravaged the area for the past few years."
"We also call on those who are hell bent on
control no matter what the cost to see the light of our new democracy
and focus on democracy not demagogy."