Police Minister Bheki Cele assured South Africans that none of the cases related to political violence in the KwaZulu-Natal province had been dropped.
However, some charges were indeed withdrawn due to lack of evidence found, Cele continued. This, in particular, applies to two high-profile ANC members who were allegedly implicated in the incidents but later freed by the court.
Cele attended a press briefing on Thursday morning, revealing the special task team’s results after almost a year of operating. The unit was appointed in July “to resolve the shockingly slow progress on more than 132 murder investigations in the province.”
The statistics show that from 163 case dockets, 52 dockets have been finalized, while 59 cases are currently pending in court, 52 case dockets are still under investigation and 27 cases have led to convictions. The Police Minister himself describes this news as “encouraging” and hopes that more results are to be achieved.