The IFP calls on the KZN MEC for Community Safety and Liaison, Peggy Nkonyeni, and KZN Provincial Police Commissioner, Lt General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, to present a plan aimed at addressing crime in Inanda to protect women and young girls from gender-based violence (GBV).
This is a crisis that must be addressed as a matter of urgency.
As the IFP, we implore the authorities to come up with tangible solutions that will address crime in Inanda, and keep citizens safe. This, after the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, when releasing the national Crime Statistics for the First Quarter (2021/22), from 1 April to 30 June 2021, once again mentioned Inanda Police Station as having the highest number of rape cases in South Africa.
The safety of citizens is non-negotiable.
The IFP feels that there are still not enough personnel on the ground to effectively combat crime and to improve visible policing. If communities see the police patrolling their streets on a regular basis, their confidence in the SAPS will grow. We cannot afford to have the public believe that criminals are in charge. KwaZulu-Natal residents deserve zero-tolerance policing.
The IFP has on numerous occasions in the KZN Legislature, proposed that the provincial government – together with national government – should review the R233.4 million allocated to the Department of Community Safety and Liaison in KZN. The numbers from the crime stats have been a constant reminder that this budget is not adequate for the mammoth task of keeping KwaZulu-Natal’s people safe.
The IFP calls upon all communities to stand up together and work with law enforcement agencies to eradicate crime. Criminals must be exposed so that the law can take its course.
Mr Blessed Gwala, MPL
IFP KZN Provincial Spokesperson on Community Safety and Liaison
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