The Moerane Commission has heard how some members of the shack dwellers movement Abahlali baseMjondolo have been intimidated, attacked and killed amid disputes over corrupt practices in the allocation of houses in Kwazulu-Natal.
Abahlali leader Sibusiso Zikode has told the commission of killings which go as far back as 2013.
In March 2013, a well known and respected housing activist, Nkululeko Gwala was murdered in Cato Crest. Later that year, 17-year-old Nqobile Nzuza was shot in the back by police during a housing protest.
Zikode also shared how the movement sought assistance from an international human rights organisation for protection in 2009, when members of the African National Congress attacked his family and other high ranking leaders of the organisation.
#MoeraneCommission Zikode now speaking about the killing of Cato Crest branch leader Nkululeko Gwala whom he believes was murdered— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) July 19, 2017
#MoeraneCommission Zikode says Nkululeko told him shortly before he was killed that his life was under threat and no longer safe.ZN— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) July 19, 2017
#MoeraneCommission Zikode says they believe Gwala was killed for political reasons because he was exposing the corruption— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) July 19, 2017
Eyewitness News reporter, Ziyanda Ngcobo has more on developments at the commission.
We have heard some harrowing testimonies from their leader, Sibusiso Zikode who shared how their members have either been intimidated, harassed or killed by authorities or local ANC councillors because they have been speaking out on corruption regarding the allocation of houses by the eThekwini Municipality.— Ziyanda Ngcobo, EWN reporter
#MoeraneCommission Zikode sharing the story of Nkosinathi Mngomezulu was also shot in the— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) July 19, 2017
stomach 8 times with live ammunition in Sep 2013
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