KZN ANC calls for dialogue to end ‘bloody tensions’

2015-09-18 10:06
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Durban - The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has expressed concern about ongoing killings in the province, after eight people were killed in separate incidents this week.

ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said frank dialogues needed to be held to end the "bloody tensions" in the minibus taxi industry and hostels.

Three people, including a commuter, were killed in the early hours of Wednesday morning when gunmen opened fire at the Brook Street taxi rank. Another three were injured.

Police recovered 25 firearms and arrested 24 men for their alleged involvement in the incident. They are expected to appear at the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

In a separate incident, five people were killed at the KwaMashu hostel when an unknown group of men opened fire at people living in one of the rooms. 

Zikalala said the latest minibus taxi killings would affect the industry negatively.

“Not only will this affect its operations, but disrupt and put the lives of millions of people who use taxis as their mode of transport in jeopardy.

“The ongoing tensions in hostels have claimed many lives and have the potential of spreading out of the hostels if they are not stopped as soon as possible.”

Zikalala said law enforcement agencies should make sure that those who are responsible are brought to book.

“We call upon the taxi industry and hostel dwellers to engage in honest dialogues to resolve disputes and to stop resorting to solving disputes through the barrel of the gun.

“It was through frank dialogues that we managed to end bloody political violence that engulfed our province 20 years ago,” said Zikalala.

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