Working for peace in our province
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.’
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