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The Democratic Alliance (DA) appointed an independent task force of experienced homicide detectives to work with the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to bring the murderers of Councillor Nhlalayenza Ndlovu, the DA’s Chief Whip in Umgeni, to swift justice.
The independent investigative task force combines the expertise of experienced South African detectives with top investigators from the FBI and Scotland Yard who successfully brought the perpetrators of political assassinations to justice worldwide.
The task force will use cutting-edge forensics and technology to identify the assassins who pulled the triggers. However, the main focus of the investigation is to identify their cowardly masters who gave the instructions to murder Councillor Ndlovu and to bring them to justice. The communications of the assassins with the faceless cowards who hid in the shadows giving the instructions to murder have already provided vital clues that are being vigorously pursued.
The task force will bring charges based on compelling evidence with the NPA in South Africa and with the International Criminal Court (ICC) where there is a clear precedent to prosecute the perpetrators of pre-election violence for crimes against humanity.
Ongoing political assassinations pose an existential threat to the integrity of the 2024 election. If parties cannot campaign freely for fear of violence and murder, it undermines the freedom and fairness of the election.
In addition, the DA will request an international tribunal to be established to prosecute the cowardly masters of the assassins. The murder of Councillor Ndlovu is not an isolated incident but part of a deliberate and ongoing campaign of terror to target and murder honest officials who have the courage to oppose criminals who prey on communities.
For security reasons the DA is not at this stage disclosing the identity of the independent investigative task force members.
The DA will make further announcements as the investigation progresses.
Issued by Solly Malatsi MP - DA National Spokesperson