- Minister Zweli Mkhize’s Willowfountain home in KwaZulu-Natal was raided on 28 September, the raid has been kept secret until now
- Sources claim Mkhize is not suspected of any wrongdoing and the target of the raid was the security company which protects the property
- The raid was conducted by the task team established by President Ramaphosa in June to combat the high-rate of politically linked murders in KwaZulu-Natal
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize’s Willowfountain home in KwaZulu-Natal was raided by the special task team which is combating political killings in the province. The raid was conducted on 28 September but has been kept a secret until now.
Sources close to the matter have indicated that Mkhize was not suspected of any wrongdoing, the actual target of the raid was the security company which has been tasked with protecting the minister’s property.
The raid is believed to form part of an ongoing investigation into the role which private security companies play in the high-rate of politically motivated assassinations in KwaZulu-Natal.
Briefly.co.za gathered that sources revealed that at least one security guard was arrested by the task team and numerous allegedly illegal firearms were impounded. Mkhize is not thought to have been in residence at the time of the raid.
News24.com reported that a neighbour said a large convoy of around 10 police vehicles arrived at the property and were seen having a conversation with security personnel before entering the home.
Meanwhile, Citizen.co.za claims Mkhize’s nephew, Siya Mkhize, was arrested along with at least two security guards. The publication claims Siya Mkhize’s security company has been linked with a spate of political killings.
Minister Mkhize’s spokesperson Musa Zondi refused to comment on the Siya Mkhize matter. Zondi said he did not know or represent anyone called Siya Mkhize and could therefore not comment on his behalf.
Zondi’s official statement seemed to corroborate that of the source. Zondi said Mkhize’s house was never the target of the raid but police informed Mkhize that they were investigating the security company and wanted to specifically question the security guard who was protecting the property at the time.
Zondi said Mkhize had cooperated fully with all of the requests made by the task force. Mkhize has been a vocal supporter of the task force and encouraged the unit to do whatever it needs to do in order to apprehend those responsible for political killings.
The task team was established by President Cyril Ramaphosa in June to combat the scourge of political killings which has engulfed KwaZulu-Natal in recent times. The situation has drawn international attention in the form of an in-depth article published by the New York Times.
IOL.co.za reported that the KZN ANC said it had not received confirmation about the raid on Mkhize’s home but the party said it hoped if the raid took place it was done in accordance with the law.
The provincial leadership said it was aware of a number of ANC members who had been arrested and charged with the murder of other ANC members. The party said ANC comrades needed to distinguish between supporting the accused and supporting the victim’s families.
The ANC said it would not allow party members to openly attend court and support those who stand accused of murdering fellow ANC comrades.
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