14 March 2014.
The IFP expressed shock and has called for
swift action against the South African Police Force after the
death of one of its supporters in KwaMashu, allegedly at the
hands of police officers.
"The IFP calls on IPID to immediately launch
an investigation into the murder of Mr Mfihleni Velenkosini
Mahiye, 33, who hails from Ulundi. He died at 12:30 this morning
allegedly at the hands of the police who broke down the door to
his room and proceeded to shoot at him while he was sleeping. He
died in a hail of bullets. His girlfriend miraculously escaped,"
said Mr Albert Mncwango MP, the IFP's Deputy National
The incident has again brought to the fore the
conduct of some members of the police, who instead of protecting
those it is meant to serve, has become a law onto themselves and
acts with impunity.
"But more importantly this vindicates our
belief that the police have been fuelling violence in KwaMashu,
under the guise of it being political violence.
It also confirms our belief that the SAPS
itself is to blame for the violence that has reared its ugly
head in KwaMashu. It should also be remembered that those who
mysteriously abducted our Councillor Mr Xulu posed as police
He was later found brutally murdered just
outside KwaMashu. Therefore, the question remains whether Mr
Xulu was in fact murdered by police officers. The contrary has
not yet been proven," said Mncwango.
Mncwango added that the IFP will not rest
until those who are responsible for this merciless killing of an
ordinary citizen are behind bars.
"It is very likely that Mr Mahiye lost his
life because of his political affiliation with the IFP. If this
is the case then the very notion of a free and fair election is
in doubt. It is now also abundantly clear that there is very
little difference between the ordinary thugs on the street and
some police officers operating in KwaMashu," said Mr Albert
Mncwango MP, the IFP's Deputy National Chairperson.
Contact: Mr Albert Mncwango MP, on 083 448