Outrage over office torching

2014-11-18 00:00

KZN MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Nomusa Dube-Ncube yesterday condemned the torching of the Richmond municipal offices.

Dube-Ncube called on law enforcement agencies to thoroughly investigate the incident. She said the provincial government will not succumb to the whims of “backward forces,” who were hell-bent on subverting progress being made by the municipality. “Richmond is enjoying a peaceful season and is focusing on the business of driving development and growth to communities. It is one of the municipalities that were showered with kudos by the auditor-general for posting a clean audit outcome,” the MEC said.

The ANC condemned the act of the municipal offices being burnt down. The party called on law enforcement agencies to lead an intensive manhunt to catch the culprits. ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala called on the public to give the police information that could lead to the arrest and prosecution of “those who may have planned this barbaric act”.

The Witness called Zikalala and chairperson of the ANC’s Moses Mabhida region Supa Zuma to ask about the factionalism that was allegedly fuelling the conflict in Richmond. Both were in the party’s Monday administrative meeting that was due to end after The Witness deadline.

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