The Inkatha Freedom Party has expressed its shock after the senseless killing of three men at Embhuleni in Mpumalanga Province.
“It is devastating to hear that people who were peacefully exercising their democratic right to hand over a petition to the Embhuleni Tribal Authority, were gunned down in cold blood. These three men were part of a group of people delegated by their community to hand over the petition. This shows that there are people within our communities who have no respect for human life and are intolerant towards those who oppose their views. Such a callous act only goes to prove that there is a need for communities to be educated about democracy and the rights guaranteed in our constitution. People must understand that freedom of expression and freedom of association are enshrined in our constitution and our views and opinions are subjected to those imperatives”’ said IFP National Chairperson, Hon Blessed Gwala.
“We hope that there will be swift justice in this case and that a clear message is sent by the justice department that such acts of violence will not go unpunished. There can be no excuses for such criminal behavior in any society. People must understand that through dialogue and discussion we can resolve differences of opinion and ensure peaceful co-existence. There can be no lasting solutions thorough the barrel of the gun”, concluded Hon Gwala.
We send our sincere condolences to the families, friends of the three men and the Aarhemburg community.
Hon Blessed Gwala, MPL, IFP National Chairperson 078 290 5842
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