He said in total 289 suspects had been arrested — 72 remain in custody, 43 are out on bail, and 13 had died.
“Charges have been withdrawn against 71 accused and 31 have been found not guilty. Over and above the allocated and parallel politically-related matters, the task team is conducting intelligence–driven operations targeting unlicensed firearms, which has resulted in 172 cases. More than 250 unlicensed firearms have been confiscated.”
Regions such as Pietermaritzburg, the KZN Midlands and eThekwini remain areas of concern regarding political killings.
Cele highlighted two specific cases, the first of which saw Fisokuhle Ntuli found guilty on six counts of murder and sentenced to six life imprisonment terms, one of which was for the murder of ANC councillor Thami Nyembe.
He also referred to the case of Nkosinathi Mantengu, who was found guilty on three counts.
“First count of murder of IFP member and taxi owner Philangenkosi Nkundlane — for this crime he has been sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment. The second count relates to the murder of Nkundlane’s son, where he has been sentenced to 18 years' imprisonment, and the third count relates to common assault and kidnapping and he has been sentenced to three years' imprisonment.”
Cele highlighted upcoming matters, such as the murder trial of ANC ward councillor Musawenkosi “Qashana” Mchunu, set to resume this week in the Pietermaritzburg regional court.
“Five accused are standing trial for his murder. Mchunu was shot dead in May 2018 outside his home in Pietermaritzburg.”
Progress has also been made in the murder case of Sindiso Magaqa, which is scheduled to start in July.