01 October 2013
The IFP is deeply saddened by the death of a
17 year-old schoolgirl who was allegedly shot dead by police
yesterday during housing protests in Cato Crest informal
settlement in Durban.
IFP Spokesperson on Human Settlements, Mr
Petros Sithole said, “It was entirely wrong for the police to
have used live ammunition to disperse the protesters. It is
always said that police should not use live ammunition when they
intervene in protests because they are likely to kill people.
All police officers require more training in crowd dispersion
techniques in order to avoid unnecessary deaths of innocent
Sithole added, “If the eThekwini municipality
had responded to the residents’ grievances this situation would never have
occurred. These are consequences of local government’s failure.
Informal settlement dwellers are not taken seriously by this
government. These people have been living in shacks for years
with no development in their areas. The municipality should not
wait for residents to lose their patience before they attend to
The IFP sends its deepest condolences to the
family of Nqobile Nzuza in this very difficult time.
“We further urge the residents of Cato Crest
to remain calm and not take the law into their own hands and
allow the Independent Police Investigative Directorate to deal
with this matter,” concluded Sithole.
IFP Spokesperson on Human
Settlements, Mr Petros Sithole MP, 079 311 9995
IFP Parliamentary Media Liaison Officer, Ms
Boniswa Tiwe, 072 497 1252