Police on the brink of breakthrough in KZN political killings - Mbalula

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula says the investigation into political killings in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) is on the verge of breakthrough.

Police are following strong leads on the ground and I'm looking forward that very soon, we'll be making major breakthroughs and arresting major kingpins behind these killings.

Fikile Mbalula, Minister of Police

Mbalula says the enlarged task team probing increasing political killings is a collaborate effort between different units and institutions, which report to him and the national police commissioner weekly.

The police minister says the task team's investigation is prosecutorially driven, in an effort to gaurantee criminal convictions.

Read: KZN political killings likened to violence of early 90s - SACP

Mbalula described the elusive nature of political killings and the need to make major arrests beyond the level of the hitmen.

It could be a matter of weeks or days, but we are on top of them. Very soon, there will be big announcements made around KZN to arrest those [linked to] political killings.

Fikile Mbalula, Minister of Police

He also says an announcement will be made a soon as investigation into state capture, including the Gupta family, is concluded.

That dirty money [in the municipalities] is the one's that is being used to kill people

Fikile Mbalula, Minister of Police

Mbalula also spoke about corruption within the police force, criminal syndicates, state capture and the apparent surge in gender-based violence cases being reported across South Africa.

He answered several question from callers who phoned in to Talk At Nine with Karima Brown.

Take a listen:

Meanwhile, expert researcher Mary de Haas unpacked the challenges facing the task team and the shortcomings of the police force.

Getting to the bottom of political killings will be difficult, because hitmen are expendable.

Mary de Haas, independent researcher and head of the KwaZulu-Natal Peace Monitor

I think it's a step in the right direction to bring in police investigators from other provinces.

Mary de Haas, independent researcher and head of the KwaZulu-Natal Peace Monitor

Crime intelligence isn't doing its work. There's poor preventive policing.

Mary de Haas, independent researcher and head of the KwaZulu-Natal Peace Monitor

She spoke in-depth about police killings about the need for the transfiguration of the police service.

Take a listen:


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