Mchunu leads crime march in Maqongqo

2015-11-04 06:00
PHOTO: Supplied  UMkhambathini mayor Thobekile Maphumulo (left) MEC Willies Mchunu and Inkosi Nhlakanipho Maphumulo lead the march against crime in Mbambangalo in Maqongqo on Tuesday.

PHOTO: Supplied UMkhambathini mayor Thobekile Maphumulo (left) MEC Willies Mchunu and Inkosi Nhlakanipho Maphumulo lead the march against crime in Mbambangalo in Maqongqo on Tuesday.

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MBAMBANGALO in eMaqongqo, under uMkhambathini Municipality came to a swift standstill on Tuesday as KwaZulu-Natal Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu led a peaceful march and motorcade against crime in the area.

Over a thousand people including, community members, police, school learners, civil servants and safety s tructures were part of the march.

Armed with loudhailers, placards and posters with messages condemning lawlessness, the community sauntered across the streets calling for the rejection of all forms of crime.

Ululations and screams of “crime must fall, crime must fall…” and “phansi ngobugebengu (down with crime)” echoed across Mbambangalo, as the united phalanx of people, led by MEC Mchunu, local Mayor Thembekile Maphumulo and local Inkosi Nhlakanipho Maphumulo, marched peacefully across the area.

The march and motorcade were held to drum up community support for the police, rejecting and condemning police killings, mobilising the communities against crime; endorsing community policing, promoting political tolerance and peaceful co-existence in the area and KwaZulu-Natal.

The march follows worrying incidences of crime in Mbambangalo, including the alleged rape and abuse of women.

Provincial SAPS Deputy Police Commissioner, General Leonora Nomfazi Ngembe, said the prevalent crimes in the area were receiving urgent attention while the local satellite station would soon operate for 24 hours. Addressing the crowds today, MEC Mchunu explained that everyone had a role to play in fighting crime, as the police alone would never defeat crime. “We are here to register our strongest support for the police and promote greater relationships between the community, safety structures and the police. As a Department, we are extremely delighted that the community came out in such huge numbers, especially the youth, to reject crime and commit to playing a role in defeating this scourge.

“Crime, especially, sexual assault of women remains a great concern to us, therefore, it is imperative that we rise up against this scourge and mobilise the community to condemn in the strongest possible terms the abuse of women and also play a significant role in fighting this scourge by reporting the perpetrators,” said Mchunu.

He emphasised that it was crucial for communities to organise themselves and oppose all forms of crime and support the police.

“We need to register our strong protest and anger through peaceful marches such these and demand that rape and abuse of women and all forms of crime must strongly be rejected and condemned by everyone,” said Mchunu.

The community, Mchunu added, should now work with the local safety structures and the police to fight crime. Mchunu strongly emphasised and urged the community to report criminals, including police officials but avoid painting the SAPS with one brush. –Supplied

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