Security to be tightened at KZN hostel

2014-09-29 07:16
Senzo Mchunu (File, Sapa)

Senzo Mchunu (File, Sapa)

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Durban - Security will been tightened at Glebelands residential units in uMlazi in response to murder and crime there, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu said on Sunday.

"We have deployed an undisclosed number of police [officers] from other provinces to do random searchers, man roadblocks and other special operations to root out crime in the hostel," Mchunu said following a meeting with residents on Sunday.

With co-operation from the national government, measures include strict pedestrian and vehicle access control, the installation of surveillance cameras and unshielded floodlights to make residents feel safer.

According to Mchunu, the selling of beds by individuals has been behind murders and instability at Glebelands.

Turnaround strategy

Government departments such as human settlements and the eThekwini Municipality would implement a turnaround strategy.

The eThekwini municipality, as the landlord, would handle matters related to rent and occupation.

It will educate tenants about their rights, responsibilities and obligations.

"The new policy that has been developed by the municipality will improve the living conditions of tenants and will protect them from unscrupulous and illegal landlords," said Mchunu.

The R2K campaign held a picket in uMlazi on Wednesday to highlight problems at Glebelands.

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