The Inkatha Freedom Party calls for a high-powered task to investigate KwaZulu-Natal mass killings and possible war crimes after an apparent minibus taxi-related assassination led to a car accident has claimed the lives of 11 people in Ladysmith.
“According to the reports Mr Ngobese (Induna) who was also a deputy chairperson of the Klipriver Taxi Association was travelling with his three children and his four bodyguards near Matiwaneskop on the N11 when they were attacked then the bakkie that they were travelling in thereafter collided with a minibus taxi believed to be transporting teachers.
Therefore, we call for an immediate, comprehensive and transparent investigation into this crime. We have experienced many mass killings in KwaZulu-Natal recently. This issue requires urgent attention from relevant authorities. We need to have a clear understanding of the trend of the killings, the locations, hot spots and look at causes.
Due to the high unemployment rate, the notion of paid assassins cannot be ruled out as desperate people will resort to desperate measures to earn money to feed their families,” said IFP KZN Provincial Spokesperson on Community Safety and Liaison, Mr Blessed Gwala MPL.
“Above that we are very concerned about taxi violence in KwaZulu-Natal. There are a few trigger-happy and stubborn elements which are responsible for the instability in the taxi industry and these individuals must be isolated. We must make a difference between ‘chance-takers’, the so-called izinkabi or hitmen and those who are earning a legitimate living by driving taxis.
On behalf of our leader, His Excellency Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, MP, I extend my heartfelt condolences to Ngobese family, the families of the teachers and wish the injured speedy recovery,” concluded Mr Gwala.
Mr Blessed Gwala MPL
IFP KZN Provincial Spokesperson on Community Safety and Liaison
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