Police Minister Bheki Cele Labels KwaZulu-Natal as Key Source of Hitmen in South Africa

Police Minister Bheki Cele Labels KwaZulu-Natal as Key Source of Hitmen in South Africa

  • Police Minister Bheki Cele addressed the alarming increase in contract killings in South Africa
  • Cele highlighted KwaZulu-Natal as a central location for hired hitmen, noting its growing reputation in this regard
  • The discussions with Izinduna in Soweto shed light on the prevalence of contract killings and the region's role in facilitating such activities

Trisha Pillay is a Briefly News current affairs journalist in Johannesburg. Beginning her 13-year-long career at eNCA, she honed her reporting skills and coverage of crime and court cases, which she further developed at The Citizen newspaper, African News Network and Newzroom Afrika. Do you have a hard news story you would like to share? Email: trisha.pillay@briefly.co.za with CA in the subject line.

KwaZulu-Natal described as the hub of hitmen.
Police Minister Bheki Cele has labelled KwaZulu-Natal a hotspot for hitmen. Images: @SAPS/Twitter and Getty Images.
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Police Minister Bheki Cele recently spoke out about the concerning trend of contract killings in South Africa.

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Surge in contract killings

According to eNCA, Cele mainly focused on KwaZulu-Natal's role as a hub for hitmen.

During his visit to Soweto, where he met with Izinduna from hostels across Johannesburg, Cele emphasised that KwaZulu-Natal has become synonymous with hired killers, attracting individuals looking for capable assassins.

The minister highlighted a disturbing trend where hitmen facing criminal charges often have financial backing from higher-ups in criminal syndicates, suggesting a deeper-rooted issue in the system.

KZN hitmen hub

Contract killings are escalating in South Africa, especially in the volatile province of KwaZulu-Natal. Trained assassins have been making their presence felt in the taxi industry, across the political spectrum, over tenders and jobs in municipalities and in other areas such as business to settle disputes through murder.

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Netizens raise concerns

Internet users sounded the alarm over the merciless killings that have been happening over the years. Many have called on the government to track these killers down.

Here are some reactions:

@Mohapi Mokoena said:

"The killing has been instilled in their minds and lives. There's nothing they know except killing."

@Malwande Cebisa praised:

"He is being honest, and the NIU unit is doing a great job in KZN as we speak and is encouraging that some of these hit men are behind bars serving long sentences."

@Mcebo Hlongwa commented:

"Hitmen must be paid by 'rich' people. It might be hard to stop people (in need of money) from being hired. It's a job for them."

Mab Xhosa questioned:

"So what is he doing about that?"

@Sanzas Tops expressed:

"He does nothing about it; instead, he glorifies them."

@Nomthandazo Mmutle shared:

"Hitman and his employer are both killers... Greed is driving both of them."

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Life sentences handed to 3 hitmen

In a related story, Briefly News reported that a High Court in KwaZulu-Natal handed three hitmen who brutally killed a policeman a life sentence.

The wife of the cop hired the men to murder him four years ago so she could inherit all their assets.

South Africans reacted to the news on social media, and many said the dead cop's wife was ruthless.

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