The Congress of South African Trade Unions in the NW is planning a mass campaign against the SAPS, both nationally and in the province, regarding their silence on the matter of the killing of the late Moss Phakoe, who was killed in March 2009 during the national election campaign in Rustenburg.
The late Moss was gunned down right in his drive at his home. Later people were arrested, prosecuted and sentenced. Then two of those accused were released on bail and thereafter acquitted on the basis of one of the state witnesses changing his version and accusing the SAPS, in particular the investigators, of bribing him and therefore he lied and misled the high court of Mafikeng.
What worries the federation and the public is why the investigators and the state are not worried about their credibility in the eyes of the public and the international integrity of our country.
We are worried because of the response of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to Moss’s family who wrote that the state will not appeal due to the serious shortcomings from the side of the state.
We want to what are those serious shortcomings. Why are the SAPS and the state not appealing on the matter if they had a g case? Why are the SAPS not challenging the accusation by the witness? Why are those acquitted not suing the SAPS and state for wrongful arrest and being wrongly sentenced to jail for some few months? Why was the ruling changed in the same high court of Mafikeng?
As COSATU NW we have been following this case since the beginning until when the accused were acquitted and we are still doing that. We want to know who killed Moss and why the police are not reinvestigating the matter.
We are planning a campaign of mass action against the SAPS, the Justice Department and NPA. We have written many letters to both SAPS and NPA requesting full information on what happened on the matter and what is the status of the case. The family of Moss did the same, but we are being ignored.
Sometimes we receive emails that suggest that the matter of what happened is in the process of being investigated then we are being told it is a matter for the NW NPA and the NW tells us the matter is with national.
What we want to know is who killed Moss and why the police are not worried about the allegation of bribery. We have been put on the waiting list on this matter, with a hope of getting a clear response from the state and our SAPS. We also wrote to the minister to ask why he is taking no action.
We will not stop making a noise until the president of the RSA listens to us. We will do everything within our rights to find out what happened to Moss and why he was killed. Some of us we were on the hit-list that is not known about by anyone, to be killed after Moss.
We will mobilise everybody in the Bojanala district to support our campaign against corruption by the SAPS and the politician who may be implicated in this matter. We will not rest we will not sleep – unless we are killed.
The state must appeal this case as they are doing with Oscar Pistorius. Why are they not doing the same with Moss case? Is it because Moss was poor, or is it because he exposed corruption by some of their bosses? We want to know. It is our right to know. They must disclose the information.
Moss was killed for exposing corruption in the municipality of Rustenburg. As we speak today we are told by our members that corruption still going on, workers are not being paid in time, the municipality is not able to buy protective clothes for workers and this happened due to the corruption that Moss was killed for exposing.
Corruption is still rife in all our municipalities even if we are told that there is an improvement on some of them, corruption is going on daily.
If the state is to protect the rights of the family of Moss, they must please get to the bottom of this case. Moss was a father and a child of woman and man. He did not just fall from heaven. His mother was in pain bringing Moss to life.
We will call meetings in Rustenburg starting from next week with all our stakeholders, including the family of Moss, to develop our program for marching against the SAPS in Rustenburg, with whom we have been very patient on this matter. It is about time we took the matter to the streets and exposed the SAPS of NW and the NPA.
More information call COSATU NW Provincial Secretary, Solly Phetoe, on 
Source : Congress of South African Trade Unions