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Nhleko to set up task team on political killings

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has set up a task team to investigate the rise in the number of political killings.

In a statement, Nhleko expresses serious concerns over the number of murders linked to politics.

He says the team will include members from crime intelligence and the Hawks.

A number of political leaders have been killed in the build-up to the August local elections, mostly in KwaZulu-Natal.

On Sunday, African National Congress (ANC) Branch Chairperson in Edendale outside Pietermaritzburg, Nathi Hlongwa, was shot and killed in the late afternoon, after he had attended a party meeting in iMbali.

Last month, two ANC councillors were also killed, one at the Glebelands hostel in Durban and another at Nongoma in the north of the province.

Police Minister Spokesperson, Musa Zondi says: “It will involve people from the detectives, it will involve people from the Hawks, forensics and crime intelligence so that we will be able to drive intelligence driven operations to ensure that where it has not happened yet, we will be able to gather the National Intelligence and be able to stop it if indeed there is such a big problem.”

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