Madonsela's visit to Glebelands Hostel brings hope - IFP

2015-12-22 14:32

Durban – The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has welcomed the presence of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and her staff at the Glebelands Hostel in Umlazi, south of Durban.

On Tuesday, IFP leader Blessed Gwala said Madonsela had showed that she was concerned about the well-being of "the people".

Madonsela visited Glebelands on Monday after being approached by the Commonwealth Legal Education Association (CLEA) to intervene over acts of violence that "have engulfed the hostel" in the last two years.

It is believed that over 40 people have been killed at the hostel in the last two years. CLEA expressed unhappiness over the alleged inaction of the state and police.

"Her intervention will give some hope to the residents that peace will be restored at Glebelands.

"We have made repeated calls to the government of KwaZulu-Natal to put an end to the killings at Glebelands and other hostels around Durban, but our pleas have fallen on deaf ears," Gwala said.

He added that, despite a R10m allocation to erect fencing and tighten up security at Glebelands Hostel, the situation had not improved.

"This hostel has turned into a killing field, where people live under constant fear of being killed. There is no day that goes by when people can sleep peacefully."

Gwala said the IFP once again called for the urgent deployment of the army at Glebelands.

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