Families of women fatally gunned down at Inanda living in fear

Police Minister Bheki Cele has said that the families of the three women who were fatally gunned down at Inanda in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal during a drive-by shooting on Saturday are living in fear following the deadly attack.

On Tuesday, Cele visited the families of the three women after receiving a briefing from the police management in the province.

Cele said the provincial and district commissioners who accompanied him on Tuesday would look into the concerns raised by one of the families after gunshots were fired in their area of residence after the shooting on Saturday.

Another family fears that an attack may break out at the funeral of their loved one, Cele added, and ensured that police will present at the funeral to ensure the bereaved are safe.

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Cele and the security cluster ministers who accompanied him on Tuesday have put to rest that political violence may erupt following the fatal shooting of the three women who were on Saturday attending a political gathering.

The ministers gave an assurance that it will be ensured that the upcoming local government elections will be free, fair and safe.

Cele was accompanied by his deputy Cassel Mathale as well as the deputy Minister of the State Security Agency Zizi Kodwa.

Cele said the drive-by shooting on Saturday which claimed the lives of Ncami Shange, Beatrice Nzama and Philisiwe Jili was an act of intimidation ahead of the elections.

“Those who committed this horrible act, it’s clear to us that it was more intimidation than targeting a particular person. Police must find out why they did this and who exactly sent them. The fact that this was a political gathering, it’s in this score that the political task team in the province is now investigating this crime and the team is already working on a few leads,” Cele said.

Kodwa echoed Cele’s sentiments that such cowardly acts will not go unpunished.

“Such an attack, is directed on our Constitution, it’s an attack on the system of democracy, as the JCPS, we would like to encourage South Africans not to be threatened by these acts of intimidation and rest assured that we in the security cluster are working on a plan to protect these elections and ensure the safety of all those participating in the democratic process,” Kodwa said.

Part of the plan is to closely monitor identified areas in the Gauteng, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces and working closely with law enforcements, including the SANDF, in the lead up to the November local government elections, the police ministry said.

The ministry added that the KZN Political Task team has to date arrested and charged 271 people for crimes related to political violence in the province.

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