Security to be beefed up during elections

2016-06-01 06:00
At the Africa Day celebrations from left: KZN MEC for Education Peggy Nkonyeni, acting premier of KwaZulu-Natal Willies Mchunu and iLembe District mayor Welcome Mdabe. Photo: Makhosandile Zulu

At the Africa Day celebrations from left: KZN MEC for Education Peggy Nkonyeni, acting premier of KwaZulu-Natal Willies Mchunu and iLembe District mayor Welcome Mdabe. Photo: Makhosandile Zulu

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NEWLY appointed acting KZN Premier Willies Mchunu said police presence will be beefed up in the Lindelani area during elections.

Mchunu was speaking at Africa Day celebrations at the KwaDukuza Recreational Grounds last Wednesday.

He said the increased presence of police officers, with members of the military on standby, would be necessary following the fatal shooting of an ANC supporter at one of the voting stations in Lindelani during the 2014 general elections.

Mchunu said in the province, Lindelani was the only area where a murder was reported during the 2014 general elections.

He said this year’s local government elections should not be marred by violence and should be free and fair as voting is a democratic right of all South African citizens.

Mchunu said several concerning reports have come from the area, Lindelani, adding that such reports signify that some Africans are still not united and remain psychologically oppressed.

He said government would focus on Lindelani by beefing up police presence in voting stations throughout the area during elections. He said military personnel would also be on standby to ensure that violence is deterred.

“I wish all residents to feel safe when going to vote for individuals they believe can lead them, and wish they cast their vote without experiencing incidents of a similar nature,” he said.

In closing, Mchunu added: “We will do our best as the province of KwaZulu-Natal to promote the coorperation and relationships that we have had with all other governments in Africa through the national government of South Africa.”

In his note of thanks, KwaDukuza mayor Ricardo Mthembu spoke about the importance of building a united Africa­ whose countries seek to bolster­ trade among them and promote pride in indigenous languages and cultures.

“If we continue to experience xenophobic­ attacks and other intolerances, if we continue to experience the subordination of the women folk, dominance of one culture and language over the other, so we will we continue to experience the looting of our natural resources, the destruction of our environment, disease and poverty,” said Mthembu.

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