The Inkatha Freedom Party is calling for bail to be denied to a suspect accused of killing Inkosi Linda Mathonsi who was shot by unknown people on December 5, 2016 while he was driving at Chappies area in Mandeni.
“Firstly, we would like to commend the SAPS under the leadership of KZN Acting Police Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa and HAWKS for their dedication that led to the arrest of this suspect. We are confident that the arrest of this suspect will contribute in stemming incidents of crime across the province.
We want justice and don’t want this to happen to another people in our community as it happened to our supporter Siya Dlamini who was shot in full view of the police and television cameras outside the Ntuzuma Magistrate court but no one has been arrested in connection with this crime.
The suspect briefly appeared at Eshowe Magistrate’s Court yesterday and the case was adjourned to 22 January 2018. Therefore, we are saying he must be denied bail. He must tell the truth who hired them to kill Inkosi? Who supplied them with the guns they used to kill Inkosi? How much was offered to them to kill Inkosi? All these questions must be answered,” said IFP KZN Provincial Spokesperson on Community Safety and Liaison, Mr Blessed Gwala MPL.
“We want a change in our community and we want the magistrate to deny bail. By granting the suspect a bail will be viewed as jeopardising public confidence in the criminal justice system and place fear in the community of Mandeni. We are of the view that if the suspect is granted bail he can flee the province and may not be easy to re-arrest,” continued Mr Gwala.
“This is a serious crime that has taken away the life of a person in the prime of his life. Crime has no place within our society and Inkosi Mthonsi family do not need to live in fear with the alleged killer walking and living amongst them. Courts must send a clear and strong message that no killing of Amakhosi will be tolerated, especially in our hard-earned democracy. To really do justice about what is going on here, much more should be investigated than simply this murder, this was an assassination, “concluded Mr Gwala.
Mr Blessed Gwala MPL
IFP KZN Provincial Spokesperson on Community Safety and Liaison
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