12th September 2014.
The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal calls on the
Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mammonye
Ngobeni, to ensure that serious claims levelled against uMlazi
police officers who are accused of colluding with criminals
involved in the killing of members of the uBunye Bamahostela
organisation in Glebelands Hostel, are identified and
"Police officers are the custodians of law and
order. They are there to protect members of the community in a
fair and just manner. Police officers accused of being involved
in any criminal activities must be prosecuted to the full might
of the law. We cannot allow the SAPS to become a nest of criminals
thereby losing the confidence of the community. One wonders why uMlazi police officers are not arresting the criminals because
it is alleged that they know the perpetrators. Are they being
paid for not arresting those involved?" said IFP Leader in the
KwaZulu Natal Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala, MPL.
"We demand that the Provincial Commissioner
must also ensure that the death of Mr Zinakile Fica, who was
allegedly beaten up by police at Isipingo Police Station, be
investigated and if police are found to be involved they be
identified and prosecuted. We are also concerned about an
apparent tendency of police of not vigorously investigating and
arresting people, as it is happening in the KwaMashu Hostel
where an IFP councillor Themba Xulu was killed, but until today
we have not heard anything about arrests of those involved,"
continued Mr Gwala.
"In view of these shortcomings we are of the
view that the Independent Police Investigating Directorate must
speed up its investigation into the death of Mr Zinakile Fica
and other cases. We also call on the MEC of Community Safety and
Liaison, Willies Mchunu, to strengthen operations at the hostels
and ensure the safety of innocent citizens," concluded Mr Gwala.
Mr Blessed Gwala, MPL, IFP Leader in the
KwaZulu Natal Legislature, 078 290 5842
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