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Newsflash: Organisations call on SAPS for a public report on progress with investigation into Bazooka Rhadebe assassination

20 May 2016 at 7:30 am

On Thursday, 19 May 2016 a group of social justice organisations wrote to the Minister of Police and the National Commissioner of the SAPS requesting a public progress report by the SAPS on progress with the investigation into the assassination of Amadiba Crisis Committee Chair Sikhosiphi “Bazooka” Rhadebe.

Mr Rhadebe was shot in the head by two suspects pretending to be police officers at his home in Mbizana, Pondoland on 22 March 2016.

In their letter, the organisations express grave concerns about the fact that, two months after the killing, no suspects have been arrested, and that no progress on the investigation has been reported publicly.

The organisations also requested that local activists associated with the Amadiba Crisis Committee be given adequate protection by the local SAPS, and that the Independent Police Investigative Directorate be tasked with investigating allegations of intimidation and biased conduct by the SAPS in connection with the mining at Xolobeni and associated conflict.

The Joint Letter to Minister of Police, Police Commissioner and IPID, 19 May 2016 was sent on behalf of:

  • Centre for Accountable Governance
  • Centre for Applied Legal Studies
  • Centre for Environmental Rights
  • Centre for Human Rights (University of Pretoria)
  • CorruptionWatch
  • Equal Education Law Centre
  • groundWork
  • Lawyers for Human Rights
  • ProBono.Org
  • Public Service Accountability Monitor
  • South African History Archive
  • Women’s Legal Centre