MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


Urgent Intervention Required in Glebelands Hostel

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 prosecuted.

 

"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.

 

 

Issued by:

Mr Blessed Gwala, MPL, IFP Leader in the KwaZulu Natal Legislature, 078 290 5842

 

For Media Queries:

Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP KZN Legislature Media Officer, 073 024 5675