Cele: Specialised units will deal with political killings in Tshwane

Cele: Specialised units will deal with political killings in Tshwane

Police Minister Bheki Cele says the national police is sending specialised units to deal with the emergence of politically-motivated killings in Tshwane. 

Gaopalelwe Phalaetsile

He was speaking at a police imbizo at the Skierklik informal settlement in Mamelodi East.


In August, an ANC ward councilor in Mabopane was gunned down execution-style in September. 


Other councillors in the area have fled their homes in fear of their lives. 


"We do not deny that some criminality here is motivated by politics and vis versa. By looking at things, including some of the candidates have criminal records themselves. This means there is an emergence of criminality and politics," said Cele.


He said they have been informed that some ward councilor candidates have been placed there by criminal syndicates. 


"They want those councillors to make it easy for them when they want government tenders. We cannot allow the core governance structures of elected officials to be run by criminals. We are coming back here to use the approach we used in KZN, creating special teams to make sure this place is cleaned up.”


A gang called Boko Haram has been fingered in the activities. 


Cele said the police know the names of the members of the gang and arrests are imminent.


"They kill innocent elected public representatives, as we speak candidates are hiding because they have been threatened by these people called Boko Haram. They are committing economic crimes, by hijacking community projects such as building of roads. They demand 30% and projection fees.


"The gang has split itself now, I know their names, but we will not publish their names. As things stand, there is a fight among themselves, some are hiding and they are killing one another," said Cele.


He also said arrests for Motaung's murder are imminent.


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