Most of the killings which have been taking place in KwaZulu-Natal were not politically motivated. That’s according to the Moerane Commission which wrapped up its hearings in Durban on Wednesday.

The commission was set up to investigate killings in the province. It says the murders were motivated by crime and that there was no third force involved.

Established in 2016, the Moerane Commission had its work cut out for it. It relied on witnesses to determine if murders in KwaZulu-Natal were politically motivated. Police, individuals, political parties and civic organisations gave testimonies.

The Commission concluded that most of the killings were crime-related, including those at Umlazi’s Glebelands Hostel where over 100 people have been killed since 2014.

The Commission also says former African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) Sindiso Magaqa was not killed for exposing corruption at the uMzimkhulu Municipality. It says his murder stemmed from internal squabbles within the ANC in the Harry Gwala region.

The commission says high-ranking government officials were involved in some killings.

The commission has proposed peace talks led by the Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini; it also suggests the scrapping of government’s tender system and the strengthening of the country’s crime intelligence.

The final report will not be released to the public.

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