Multi-party move for peace in kwaMashu

2012-10-31 00:00

IN a move to broker peace in the kwaMashu hostel, a multi-party oversight committee is set to meet local leaders of all political parties represented at the hostel.

The committee will be led by KZN Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu.

The meeting, aimed at ensuring political stability and tolerance in the area, will take place in Durban next week.

On Monday, the committee, made up of the ANC, NFP and IFP, met at a Durban hotel and resolved to convene an urgent meeting of leaders of political parties represented in the hostel.

The ongoing intervention by this forum of political parties in kwaMashu follows the recent spate of killings believed to be caused by political tension and intolerance.

Mchunu said the importance of meeting political party leaders is to “liberate” themselves from political tensions and violence.

“The multi-party committee strongly condemns incidents of political violence and appeals for calm and restraint. The committee decided to engage the local leadership of the kwaMashu hostel to cascade down the spirit of peace and tolerance,” he said in a statement.

Mchunu said this will ensure that as the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) prepares for the voter registration for the by-election, the environment is stable and allows free political activity.

“We welcome the commitment of all political parties and their leaders to work for peace in the province,” said Mchunu.

They also welcomed King Goodwill Zwelithini’s recent initiative to convene a provincial peace process.

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