The ANC in KZN says it will soon request a meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa to raise their concerns about the conduct of Hawks investigators which it says ‘through their Hollywood style of arrests’, lays fertile ground for speculation that some of the arrests are politically motivated.

According to a report on the IoL site, the concerns come as suspended eThekwini Mayor, Zandile Gumede and her Newcastle counterpart, Dr Ntuthuko Mahlaba, allege that their arrests are linked with the settling of internal ANC scores instead of punishing them for wrongdoing.

Mahlaba even publicly blamed Police Minister Bheki Cele for his woes, saying Cele was using the task team investigating political killings in KZN to settle internal issues. Addressing the media in Durban yesterday on the outcomes of the party provincial executive committee meeting, provincial secretary Mdumiseni Ntuli, said they would have to look at this matter urgently.

Ntuli said they want Ramaphosa to intervene but did not explain how the intervention would be carried out without being seen as political interference in the work of law enforcement agencies.

This Hollywood style of arrests, appears aimed at embarrassing people as opposed to dealing with the content of the problem. That is what we are going to take to the President and say help us to deal with this matter,’ Ntuli said.

Full report on the IoL site