Police investigating Durban ‘vigilante group’
By Bongani Mthethwa, The Sowetan, 18 April 2007
Police have launched an investigation into a recently formed “vigilante group” in Inanda‚ north of Durban‚ which a shack dwellers’ movement claim is armed with dangerous weapons.
KwaZulu-Natal police spokeswoman Colonel Thembeka Mbhele said on Tuesday that the police had no knowledge of the “militia” operating in the area‚ and confirmed the investigation. This comes after the Abahlali baseMjondolo shack dweller movement raised concerns over the group‚ which it claimed was established to intimidate their members.
Mbhele acknowledged the existence of the group‚ known as “Qina Mhlali”‚ but said they were not authorised to “carry dangerous weapons as well unlicensed firearms”. Continue reading →