Security at KZN hostel beefed up

2012-10-09 08:47
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Durban - Members of the national tactical response team and the public order policing unit have been sent to KwaZulu-Natal to beef up operations at the kwaMashu men’s hostel, which has become a political killing field.

The latest murder was that of IFP councillor Themba Xulu, who was kidnapped on Friday and whose body was found on Sunday. His death follows the recent killings of three National Freedom Party (NFP) members at the hostel.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said that 110 members from the tactical response team and the public order policing unit had been sent to the kwaMashu men’s hostel. They will beef up the provincial police team that is already in place.

Naicker said although the situation was still tense, the extra deployments would ensure that there was stability on the ground.


Provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni met with political leaders at her office on Monday, where an agreement was reached on a way forward to resolve the current stand-off. Naicker said that the agreement was that the police would ensure that there was a high police visibility in the area combined with increased crime prevention operations. He added that all political parties agreed to co-operate with the police investigations.

“We are satisfied that the parties will engage with their members on the ground to prevent further acts of violence and intimidation,” Naicker said.

He added that the meeting also agreed that there had to be engagement with local government departments to address issues of concern at the hostel, like service delivery and living conditions of the residents.

KZN MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Willies Mchunu appealed for calm. He said the kwaMashu hostel had been a highly contested territory between the IFP and the NFP since the 2011 local government elections.

“It is alleged that it is the stand-off between the two political parties that fuelled the tensions that led to the outbreak of violence in the hostel over the weekend,” said Mchunu.

He added that he was confident that the police would soon make a breakthrough on the Xulu murder and welcomed the commitment by both leaders of the NFP and IFP to work for peace.

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