KZN govt wants police to crack the whip on illegal firearms at Glebelands

2017-08-25 20:42
Glebelands Hostel. (Siyanda Mayeza, Gallo Images, City Press, file)

Glebelands Hostel. (Siyanda Mayeza, Gallo Images, City Press, file)

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Durban – Police will be sent to the Glebelands hostel in Umlazi in an attempt to stop the violence there, KwaZulu-Natal social development MEC Weziwe Thusi said on Friday.

“Our resolution is that they will have police based at the hostel and continue talking with the community of Glebelands. We also want to make sure illegal firearms are taken away from that place,” she said after a provincial government lekgotla.

While Glebelands was a prime concern, the provincial government resolved to look at all hostels in the province and their conditions.

The Moerane Commission of Inquiry is currently holding hearings into political killings in the province, and had focused on the violence at the Glebelands hostel. It had been described as a breeding ground for hitmen.

Read: Greed, competition among reasons for KZN political killings, commission hears

Thusi earlier delivered a speech on behalf of KwaZulu-Natal premier Willies Mchunu, who was ill.

She said government and its partners need to resist lowering their standards and move out of their comfort zones if they hoped to deliver services.

“Serious and immediate action is required to increase delivery and results, as opposed to lowering our standards and targets just to improve our levels of comfort.

“Reducing our targets may result in short term comfort, but it will only postpone the inevitable injection of additional effort for us to stay on track.”

Provincial planning commission senior general manager Frikkie Brooks said the R422 million of the province’s budget that was not spent in the past financial year, was not a true reflection of its finances.

While the underspending seemed high, it was less than one percent of the entire provincial budget, he said. 

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