The IFP would like to commend the National Police Minister, Bheki Cele, together with KZN Police leadership, for their rapid response to the mass killings that have rocked KwaZulu-Natal over the past few days.
The role of police officers in any society is worthy of appreciation. Police officers are responsible for the safety and security of the public. At times, police officers risk their lives to protect the lives or belongings of others. Such commendable efforts on the side of the police deserve to be recognised.
The IFP shares the sentiments of the Minister of Police: those responsible for the recent mass killings in KwaZulu-Natal must face the full might of the law. Crime, when unchallenged, grows and wrecks the lives of individuals and families, robbing them of their sense of security and impacting their quality of life. We all have a right to live a life free of crime and those who break our laws must face justice.
It is our view that criminals can only be defeated if there is an increase in active, visible policing. Community members must also get involved and be active in efforts to enhance community safety.
Further, although the IFP appreciates the resources that government provides to the police, the police still face many challenges. They need state-of-the-art equipment to perform their duties diligently and effectively combat crime.
Combining prevention, deterrence, and enforcement will give the brave men and women in our police service and criminal justice system the tools they need to keep people out of trouble in the first place, and to punish those who persist in breaking the law.
We urge the police to work around the clock to apprehend the killers and to continue their campaign to eradicate all illegal guns in our society.
Mr Blessed Gwala, MPL
IFP KZN Provincial Spokesperson for Community Safety and Liaison
078 290 5842