Work­ing for peace in our prov­ince

The Witness - - FRONT PAGE - Sipho C. Khu­malo • Sipho C. Khu­malo is the KZN De­part­ment of Com­mu­nity Safety and Li­ai­son spokesper­son.

T HE KwaZulu­Natal De­part­ment of Com­mu­nity Safety and Li­ai­son has noted the edi­to­rial which was pub­lished in the Week­end Wit­ness (July 8) un­der the head­ing “Po­lice must act”.

The provin­cial gov­ern­ment, De­part­ment of Com­mu­nity Safety and Li­ai­son and the South African Po­lice Ser­vice (SAPS), re­main com­mit­ted to fight­ing crime and cre­at­ing a safer liv­ing en­vi­ron­ment for all the cit­i­zens of KZN.

The De­part­ment of Com­mu­nity Safety and Li­ai­son is deeply con­cerned about the re­cent po­lit­i­cal killings of Rich­mond lo­cal coun­cil mem­bers.

To this end, the provin­cial gov­ern­ment has ap­pointed a provin­cial po­lice task team to in­ves­ti­gate the mur­ders that shook the com­mu­nity of Rich­mond.

The MEC for Trans­port, Com­mu­nity Safety and Li­ai­son, Mx­olisi Kaunda, ad­dressed the com­mu­nity of Rich­mond dur­ing a memo­rial ser­vice for the late coun­cil­lor Si­fiso Jus­tice Mkhize, on July 6.

The MEC asked all com­mu­nity mem­bers to give the task team space and time to con­duct its in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Kaunda as­sured all present that the de­part­ment will not waver in its en­deav­ our to bring peace and sta­bil­ity to Rich­mond.

Those re­spon­si­ble for the killing of Mkhize, S’bu Sit­hole and Than­dazile Phoswa will be caught and they will face the full might of the law.

Mean­while, the pre­mier of KwaZu­luNatal, Wil­lies Mchunu, has also put in place a com­mis­sion that is in­ves­ti­gat­ing all crimes re­lated to po­lit­i­cal killings in the prov­ince.

The de­part­ment will con­tinue to ful­fil its com­mit­ment to root out all acts of crim­i­nal­ity and po­lit­i­cal killings in the prov­ince.

Kaunda also em­pha­sised that the De­part­ment of Com­mu­nity Safety and Li­ai­son will not al­low anar­chy and law­less­ness to run ram­pant in KwaZulu­Natal.

We there­fore ap­pre­ci­ate it when in­flu­en­tial news­pa­pers, like The Wit­ness, raise th­ese im­por­tant is­sues.

Equally, we wish to as­sure the peo­ple of KwaZulu­Natal that the de­part­ment is do­ing ev­ery­thing in its pow­ers to deal with this scourge of the killing of pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tives as it un­der­mines the right of the peo­ple to elect their lead­ers demo­crat­i­cally.

Through our flag­ship pro­gramme of Com­mu­ni­ties in Dia­logue, Kaunda, is con­stantly meet­ing var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties in con­flict with a view of find­ing a last­ing so­lu­tion to the con­flict.

It is crit­i­cal for all of us, es­pe­cially com­mu­ni­ties, to ap­pre­ci­ate that bring­ing about peace in the prov­ince is a col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity for all of us.

We also need to ap­pre­ci­ate that a prov­ince with peace, sta­bil­ity and peace­ful co­ex­is­tence, has a po­ten­tial for de­vel­op­ment and to at­tract in­vest­ments. The MEC, the gov­ern­ment of KwaZu­luNatal is work­ing flat­out to achieve this noble ob­jec­tive and we must all join in this project.

‘We wish to as­sure the peo­ple of KwaZulu­Natal that the de­part­ment is do­ing ev­ery­thing in its pow­ers to deal with this scourge of the killing of pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tives as it un­der­mines the right of the peo­ple to elect their lead­ers demo­crat­i­cally.’

PHOTO: EPA

In­dian paramil­i­tary sol­diers pa­trol dur­ing re­stric­tions in a down­town area of Sri­na­gar, the sum­mer cap­i­tal of In­dian Kash­mir. Au­thor­i­ties have im­posed re­stric­tions in parts of down­town Sri­na­gar to foil protests. The au­thor­i­ties dis­al­lowed Fri­day prayers in the his­toric grand mosque in Sri­na­gar for the fourth con­sec­u­tive week, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal news re­ports.

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