The Inkatha Freedom Party in KwaZulu-Natal is deeply concerned about the increase in the number of murders and robberies at businesses and private homes that leave people dead or seriously injured.
“The recent announcement of crime statistics has shown that the murder rate has increased but as citizens we are not told what is being done to ensure the safety of citizens. Yesterday three people, including two security guards, Khulekani Shoba and Sicelo Biyela were killed and some shoppers were wounded during a robbery at the KwaMnyandu Mall in Umlazi. This follows the killing of Gary Mackay while defending his family from armed robbers at his home in Westville last Saturday. It must be of serious concern that citizens cannot feel safe when they are out shopping or even when they are at homes. Living in a peaceful environment should not be a luxury that is the preserve of a few but a constitutional right that must become a reality in every community across our province”, said IFP Leader in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, Hon Blessed Gwala MPL.
“It is our view that criminals can be defeated only if there is an increase in active visible policing. 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 shopping malls and in our communities. They should be talking to people on the streets in a friendly yet authoritative manner. Through such engagements they will be successful in building community confidence and getting information that will assist in combating crime before it happens. Gathering crime intelligence will go a long way towards preventing criminal activity and keeping our citizens safe”, concluded Hon Gwala.
The IFP sends its condolences to the Shoba, Biyela and Mackay families and wish those who were injured in the robbery a speedy recovery.
Mr Blessed Gwala, MPL
IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature
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