10 October 2014.
The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal is shocked by the
actions of a mob of community members at Copesville in
Pietermaritzburg where two men suspected of housebreaking were
attacked and burnt to death.
"We do not condone vigilantism and would urge
people to work with the police and community structures to bring
criminals to book. At the same time, we call on the police who
are there to protect law-abiding citizens to respond swiftly and
do their jobs when communities report criminal acts. It is when
communities become frustrated with a lack of visible policing
that they resort to vigilantism in order to protect themselves
and their property.
Informal settlements have become havens for
criminals to hide in and the police need to conduct unannounced
raids, with the help of the Defence force, to flush out those
who are terrorising our communities," said Mr Blessed Gwala IFP
Leader in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature,
"The MEC for Community Safety, Willies Mchunu
and his team must be pro-active in coming up with operational
plans that will give confidence to our people when it comes to
their safety. The Department has a budget and personnel who
should possess the required expertise to devise plans that will
keep communities safe," continued Mr Gwala.
"It does not help for the MEC and his top
officials to go to these communities under heavy security, make
speeches laden with promises and then nothing happens. Visible
policing and swift responses by police will encourage
communities to work with the police as partners in fighting
crime," concluded Mr Gwala.
Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP Leader in the
KZN Legislature, 078 290 5842
For Media Enquiries:
IFP KZN Provincial Legislature Media Liaison
Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675