The Moerane Commission which has been probing the underlying causes behind murders in KwaZulu Natal, today officially handed over its final report to Premier Willies Mchunu in Durban. This followed a presentation by the Commission to the provincial Cabinet.
The commission was established in 2016 and was headed by Senior Advocate Marumo Moerane SC.
Premier Mchunu said he had instituted the commission following worrying levels of violence in the province which have since not abated.
“We were convinced that the number of murders had reached the level of a crisis, and felt we had to get to the bottom and establish the underlying causes,” said Premier Mchunu.
Recently the province witnessed the gunning down of four councillors in separate incidents in Zululand, Ugu and Umgungundlovu in what appeared to be politically motivated killings.
Violent murders of women, girls and vulnerable groups have continued unabated, including attacks on people living with disability, people living with Albinism, the elderly and children.
Mchunu said he hoped the Commission would help in finding the truth:
“Through this commission we sought to find the truth, but also to restore confidence in our democratic order,” said Premier Mchunu.
Handing over the report Advocate Moerane said the “424-page report contains very specific recommendations from evidence of over 60 witnesses.”
Premier Mchunu said: “As government and people of KwaZulu Natal, we are deeply honoured that Advocate Moerane has not only given time but has also lent his experience, independence and integrity to the Commission”.
During the State of the Province Address on 28 February 2018, the Premier announced that the terms of the Moerane Commission would be extended by six months to the end of April 2018.
“This meant that from the end of April, the Commission had 30days in which to finalise its report for handover to the executive. As per agreed schedule, today we are here to receive the Final Report of the Moerane Commission,” said Mchunu.
The Moerane Commission was set up in terms of the KwaZulu-Natal Commissions Act, 1999 (Act No. 3 of 1999) which regulates the establishment of commissions in the Province.
The relevant Section 8 of the KwaZulu-Natal Commissions Act, 1999, as amended in 2015, makes the release to the public of a report of a commission, established in terms of the Act, obligatory after certain processes have been followed.
In terms of this Act, the Premier must, not later than 21 days after a report of a commission of inquiry has been presented to him, submit the same report to the Provincial Legislature.
Thereafter, the relevant portfolio committee of the Provincial Legislature must make its decision within stipulated time-frames and provide formal comment or input in writing, through the Speaker, to the Premier.
The Premier must then, within 21 working days of the date of receipt of the written comment or input of the relevant portfolio committee, release the report of the commission to the public.
The release is done together with an indication by the Premier whether, and to what extent, the findings or recommendations of the commission will be implemented, and the reasons thereof.
Issued by: The KwaZulu Natal Office of The Premier
Contact: Thami Ngidi
Date: 12 June 2018