- Public Protector Mkhwebane has given order that the Hawks investigate a link between murders in KZN and a tender
- She believed the political killings in the province could be linked to a construction project in the village of Umzimkhulu
- The leaders of Umzimkhulu were involved in the project and are to be investigated
South Africa's Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, wants the Hawks to look into a possible link between the killings of Umzimkhulu politicians and tenders for the construction of the Umzimkhulu Hall.
According to Mkhwebane's findings, it's possible the murders are directly linked to the tenders. She also called the project a way for money to be channelled to KwaZulu-Natal officials.
IOL News reports that Mkhwebane wants the Hawks to investigate the leaders of Umzimkhulu as they were involved in the project.
The project had reached millions in expenditure, but the contractors failed to complete their work.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the Public Protector found that the contract was awarded, but the proper permits were not obtained to work on a heritage building.
The murders that Mkhwebane refer to are those of 3 ANC councillors of the Umzimkhulu Municipality in 2017.
They were shot while together at a local shop. This killing followed the murder of 3 other councillors in the same area, also in 2017.
Thabiso Zulu, an anti-corruption activist, is overjoyed at the news of the investigation.
We have tears in our eyes knowing that it took martyrs to die for corruption to be exposed, but we also have smiles on our faces knowing that the struggle we waged was not in vain. We continue to fear for our lives, even more now after the release of this report.
The Public Protector gave 60 days before the supply chain management policies should be reviewed and amended.
Even as far back as May 2017, the Public Protector was suspicious about the tender:
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