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COSATU ATTACKS IFP ABOUT ALLEGED GUN RUNNING
COSATU PRESS STATEMENT
RE: THEMBA KHOZA AND CELANI MTHETHWA
16 October 1995
The revelation once again of certain high ranking officials of the IFP in the third force activities to destabilise the democratic forces, confirms what we have been saying all along, that the NP's hands in fomenting violence and crime are not clean.
The feeble denials by Themba Khoza and Celani Mthethwa and the IFP of the involvement in gun running and third force activities do and cannot convince anybody except themselves and their supporters. This also homes at a time when De Klerk trying to whitewash his regimes responsibilities in fermenting crime and violence, by blaming it on the new regime except himself. Despite the strategic position he hold in the GNU.
COSATU have always believed that violence is being engineered at dark corners both at the military establishments and certain political parties. The court papers in in the De Kock trial confirm these suspicions.
COSATU demands the following:
1. That the IFP, which have denied knowledge to institute immediate suspension of both Celani Mthethwa and Themba Khoza from their political office until the investigations are complete.
2. An investigation by the government to the allegations contained in the court papers in particular gun running and the third force activities.
3. Prosecution of who ever that may be found to have indeed engaged in the activities to destabilise black communities.
COSATU believe the success of fighting crime and violence in KwaZulu Natal and elsewhere in South Africa depends entirely on concrete decisive steps. Our people in particular in KwaZulu Natal have lost confidence to the judicial and law enforcement system. That confidence need to be returned. Those who have been blaming lawlessness on the ANC should open their closets.
One of the many ways will be to act decisively on the allegations, establish facts and act after facts has come to the fore.