25 November 2012

South Africa: IFP Condemns Burning of Vehicles in Kwamashu

press release

The Inkatha Freedom Party in KwaZulu Natal condemns the burning of vehicles and road blockages taking place in KwaMashu.

“What is happening in KwaMashu is regrettable. Violence, breeds violence. Tooth for a tooth and an eye for an eye principle does not pay dividends,” said Hon. Blessed Gwala, Leader of the Official Opposition in KZN Legislature.

The IFP believes that the poor handling of Peace structures is a result of continued violence in eThekwini particularly in KwaMashu hostels.

“The KwaZulu Natal Provincial Multi-party Committee has established ten-a-side, as well as three-a-side, committees in eThekwini to deal with violence that has ravaged the KwaMashu hostels, but the terms of reference are not clear. The incidents would not have happened if the ten-a-side committee of the local political parties was mandated to work as a team, together with the police, to prepare for any political activity taking place in KwaMashu,” said Hon. Gwala.

This also vindicates the IFP’s claim that the Provincial government of KwaZulu Natal has no key strategy on how to deal with Political Violence at any given moment, including attacks of Political Leaders.

“Incidents of road blockage, burning of vehicles and malicious damage on infrastructure would have not happened if the ten-a-side committee was mandated to work as a team,” said Hon. Gwala.

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