Calls for UN to intervene in KZN hostel killings

2016-04-18 13:34
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Durban – Residents of Glebelands Hostel in Umlazi have asked the United Nations to send special observers, following another murder at the weekend.

ANC councillor Zodwa Sibiya was shot and killed at the hostel as she escorted a guest to a car.

Sibiya’s slaying was the latest in a string of murders. According to activist Vanessa Burger, 62 people had been killed at the hostel in the past two years.

Faction fighting is commonplace at the hostel, which is administered by the eThekwini Municipality. The fighting is understood to involve the allocation of rooms.

Speaking to News24, Burger said residents had lost faith in local leadership and they had written to the United Nations, asking it to intervene.

"They have no faith in police or government to take the required action. As the violence appears to have official sanction, they are appealing for special UN observers to note what is going on and to see whether or not they are politically sanctioned," she said.

"We are getting nowhere with the situation as it stands."

Burger had previously called for the intervention of the Public Protector, which had initiated a probe into the murders. She, however, said this would take too long.

"The Public Protector report will take three months to conclude and in that time many people will likely die," she said.

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