The Inkatha Freedom Party demands real solutions to what it say has been a losing battle against crime in KwaZulu-Natal after the fatal shooting of a nine-year-old girl Sadia Sukhraj on a botched hijacking on Moday.
“There is a need to deploy more police resources in Chatsworth area. Police presence and a no-nonsense approach will continue to send a clear message that law enforcement is serious about reducing crime and getting rid of criminals from our communities. It is our view that criminals can only be defeated only if there is an increase in active visible policing.
Countrywide there is growing public frustration with the chronic lack of police resources, and the situation is no different in Chatsworth.
While we agree that there is a need for more police personnel, vehicles and other resources, these will not address the escalating crime levels if police personnel are sitting in air-conditioned vehicles and offices. As the IFP we would like to see police personnel on the beat, walking around in our communities,” said IFP KZN Provincial Spokesperson on Community Safety and Liaison, Mr Blessed Gwala MPL.
"Furthermore, the upsurge in violent crime, cash-in-transit, farm attacks, robberies and violence against women and children underlines the fact that the government has failed to control crime and protect its citizens.
The National Police Minister needs to step in and take charge of this situation. Our province cannot be held hostage by criminals and murderers. We have many good police personnel within the ranks of SAPS and they must be given the necessary support to do their work to restore law and order in KwaZulu-Natal,” continued Mr Gwala.
We are concerned about the prevalence of guns in our society. These are the weapons being used to kill our innocent children, members of our communities, and our police officers. Some of these weapons are even licenced firearms. Where are these guns coming from? Who are supplying the guns? It is critical that police intelligence begins focusing on the trafficking of weapons in the province.
The IFP would like to convey our sincere condolences to the family of Sadia Sukhraj our thoughts are with them during this difficult time. Sadia’s untimely death came as a shock to all of us,” concluded Mr Gwala.
Mr Blessed Gwala MPL
IFP KZN Provincial Spokesperson on Community Safety and Liaison
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