The Inkatha Freedom Party welcomes the presence of the Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela and her staff at the much-troubled Glebelands Hostel in Umlazi south of Durban.
“Adv Madonsela once again shows that she is concerned about the well-being of the people of our country by personally visiting the hostel and interacting with the residents. Her intervention will give some hope to the residents that peace will be restored at Glebelands,” said IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala,MPL.
“We have made repeated calls to the government of KwaZulu-Natal to put an end to the killings at Glebelands and other hostels around Durban, but our pleas have fallen on deaf ears. Last year the Premier announced that there is an allocation of R10 million to erect fencing and tightening up security at Glebelands Hostel but the situation has not improved as the funds were not properly utilised. This hostel has turned into a killing field where people live under constant fear of being killed. There is no day that goes by when people can sleep peacefully without the threat of violence. We are very pleased that the highly-respected Public Protector has met with the residents of Glebelands to assess first-hand the situation and to see the deplorable living conditions our people are subjected to,” continued Mr Gwala.
“We repeat our call for the urgent deployment of the army at Glebelands hostel because police and the MEC of Community Safety, Willies Mchunu have failed dismally to stop these senseless killings and to arrest the killers who are allegedly known to the members of the SAPS. People cannot live in peace when over 40 of their own have been killed and in most of these cases the killers are walking freely amongst them. Our people must live free from fear of violence and their living conditions must be improved so that they can live with dignity,” concluded Mr Gwala.
Issued by: IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala MPL, 078 290 5842
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Date: 22 December 2015