Private unit to investigate DA man’s murder

Henry

The DA’s independent task force called in the help and expertise of AfriForum’s private prosecution unit to investigate the murder of Nhlalayenza Ndlovu, chief whip of the DA in the uMngeni municipality in KwaZulu-Natal.

Ndlovu was shot dead in his home on Howick on 5 December last year in front of his wife, the couple’s two children and their nanny. The DA has since offered a reward of R1 million for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those who killed him.

The party’s independent task force says it chose the private prosecution unit for its “unique combination” of expertise.

Among other things, the unit consists of former senior state prosecutors from the National Prosecuting Authority and seasoned detectives who were previously attached to the then directorate for special investigations, aka the Scorpions.

This team is led by adv. Led by Gerrie Nel and also consists of adv. Phyllis Vorster and top detectives Andrew Leask and Slang Mangwale.

According to a joint statement, Ndlovu’s family has already formally instructed the unit to investigate the matter. The unit has also already met with the family and management of the uMngeni municipality and visited the murder scene.

“Ndlovu’s house bears the cruel scars of a well-planned murder. Although the blood has been cleaned, the remnants of the assassination still linger,” said Barry Bateman, communications manager of the private prosecution unit.

“Several interviews expose an apparent crime plan that includes the illegal sale of state land, as well as the illegal provision of services to residents on this land. It seems that Ndlovu’s opposition and efforts to stop this criminal enterprise may have been the motive for his assassination.”

Although the unit’s visit to Howick was productive, the team is extremely upset that they could not convene a meeting with the police’s appointed task force about it. This despite repeated invitations to the chief investigating officer in Ndlovu’s case.

However, the unit says it will intensify its efforts to liaise with the police and support them in their investigation.

“The independent task force and private prosecution unit will work to ensure that the assassination of Ndlovu does not turn into a protracted investigation and another unsolved political murder in the province.”

The unit also says that to really tackle organized crime, the perpetrators must be identified, prosecuted and sentenced.

“The police’s years-long failure to do so has created an environment where assassins continue to commit murder with impunity.”