Friday, 20 May 2016
Abahlali baseMjondolo press statement
Justice for Thuli Ndlovu!
Breaking news: ANC Councillors Velile Lutyeku and Mduduzi Ngcobo, along with their hitman Mlungisi Ndlovu have been found guilty of murdering Thuli Ndlovu in the Durban High Court.
Today, the Durban High Court has found that all three accused are guilty on count one of murdering Thuli Ndlovu. They were also all found guilty of conspiring to murder Thuli Ndlovu and accused number one Mlungisi Ndlovu, the gunman was further sentenced to 12 years for attempted murder. This was because when Thuli Ndlovu was assassinated Sphesihle Madlala was shot at his stomach but survived. When Ploos van Amstel J handed down the judgement he said that the community is not safe if the three were to be allowed back in the community.
Abahlali wish to welcome the judgement. We are very honoured with such judgement as it will send a clear message to the hitmen and their bosses. Our country is full of violence, corruption and political intolerance. We have lost three comrades in Cato Crest without anyone being prosecuted. Today we are pleased that the so called untouchable has not been able to be above the law.
We wish to send our gratitude to the police who have worked tirelessly investigating and bringing the culprit to account for their actions. We send our gratitude to all the comrades who struggled tirelessly to ensure that justice would be done – including those who are members of other organisations in KwaNdengezi. We have shown that through organisation and struggle the state can be brought under the control of the people.
We thank Thuli Ndlovu’s family, the KwaNdengezi Branch and all Abahlali members and our friends and supporters who have always stood with us in this long journey. Today, we say that Thuli Ndlovu’s soul can now rest in peace. We will now find closure as we feel justice has been served.
The politicians who use blood to ruin have no place in our society.
TJ Ngongoma 084 613 9772
Zandile Nsibande 062 947 1947
Thapelo Mohapi 076 186 1884