Task Team to Investigate the Killing of a Young Boy
in Pongola Must Be Appointed

17 July 2014.


The IFP Leader in KwaZulu Natal Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala called on the MEC for Community Safety, Willies Mchunu, to urgently appoint a task team to investigate the violent murder of a young boy in Pongola, North of KwaZulu Natal. He also called on any witnesses to the murder to provide police with information.


"The IFP were very disappointed in the manner in which police handled this case. The National Prosecuting Authority claim that there is insufficient information and were therefore compelled to release the suspect they had arrested for the barbaric murder. One has to ask why they arrested him in the first place. Something does not add up and we believe a task team can determine whether the police failed to do their job," said Mr Gwala.


"This is an indication that state accountability and independence has been compromised by the ANC's cadre deployment policy. A foundation of 'correct' policing and an ethos of discipline, integrity and accountability must be inculcated into the force if its image and credibility are ever to be restored," continued Gwala.


"We believe that a task team will make an early breakthrough in this senseless killing. In addition, we are calling for tolerance and people must allow the law to take its course," concluded Gwala.


Issued by:

Mr Blessed Gwala, Leader of the IFP, KZN Legislature, 078 290 5842


For Media Enquiries:

IFP KZN Provincial Legislature Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675