'Stop the black-on-black violence' warns KZN Premier
Durban - KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu has a serious warning for the people of his province. He wants them to let police know if any meetings are being held so that officers can prevent the further loss of life.
His message comes after community members were shot during a meeting in Kandokweni Sports Ground in Freadville in Inchanga on Sunday.
It's believed at least three men arrived at the venue carrying guns. It's unclear when they opened fire and what their motive was. Police, however, arrested the men and took them in for questioning. They also seized the vehicle the gunmen used to conduct forensic analysis.
Said Mr. Mchunu: “I want to commend the police for moving with speed to ensure the safety of the community and for instituting an investigation in order to bring perpetrators of this cowardly act to book.”
He said KZN could not afford to fall back into a time where politically or culturally inspired murders and violence happened. “We all remember that we are coming from an ugly past where there was black-on-black violence.
“As government we do acknowledge the fact that many lives were lost and that many families were ripped apart in many townships because of violence. We must also acknowledge that the trauma is still visible and it will take many years of hard work and prayers to heal the wounds of those who were affected in the 90s when violence escalated.”
He said despite the effect of violence on community members, KZN has demonstrated "a better future characterised by peace and mutual respect for one another."
"Since early 2000, KZN has been a model of peace and stability. We have all seen community leaders and neighbours working together to speed up development.”
Mr. Mchunu said since the launch of the United Front Against Crime led by MEC for Community Safety MEC Willies Mchunu, "members of communities including Community Policing Forums have come forward to pledge support and to work with government to fight all forms of crime and violence.”
“Crime and violence results in the deprivation of the rights and dignity of citizens and poses a threat to their rightful participation in the reconstruction and redevelopment of this province.
"The rights and freedoms, which the constitution entrenches, are threatened every time each citizen becomes a victim of crime.”