IFP: ‘Govt must act on murders’

2010-10-22 00:00

FURIOUS Ugu District IFP members took to the streets of Port Shepstone this week to complain about poor investigations of criminal cases involving the murders of the party’s leaders in the district.

The protesters raised placards with messages that read: “Why do they kill our leaders?”

They submitted their grievances about poor service delivery and nepotism to the mayor of Ugu District Municipality, Sithembiso Cele, who was represented by his spokesperson, Lindani Mzotho.

Handing over the list of complaints to Mzotho, the Hibiscus Coast’s IFP spokesperson, Sifundo Ngwane, said that water tankers were being sent to ANC supporters and not to IFP members.

“We demand that the mayor attends to our complaints and responds by November 3,” Ngwane said.

Port Shepstone police station commander Brigadier Sethenya Nxamagele and the chief magistrate, Robert Nyawo, received the complaints.

During the submission of the list of grievances to Nxamagele and Nyawo, Ugu District IFP chairperson Inkosi Ngamzizwe Madlala said: “We are concerned over the brutal assassination of numerous IFP leaders within the Ugu District … and the unacceptable levels of crime which keep Ugu communities under siege.

“We view the assassinations as part of a well-orchestrated campaign to systematically erase the IFP from the political map of the district. We view the high rate of crime as an indication of the ANC government’s failure to protect its citizens.”

Madlala said that with the march they are publicly registering their total abhorrence of all forms of violence and crime.

“We reiterate our commitment to peace, reconciliation and respect for the democratic will of the people of Ugu,” he said.

“We call on the ANC as one of the two dominant parties in the Ugu District to likewise publicly commit to peace.”

Madlala called on the ANC to reconsider the granting of bail to killers of IFP leaders.

“The bail granted to the alleged killers of IFP leaders must be reviewed and all the outstanding cases must be finalised,” he said.

“Highly skilled crime investigators must be deployed to work in Ugu with a clear time frame to apprehend the perpetrators of violence and crime.”

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