Curbing political violence

2013-06-03 00:00

THE KZN Community Safety and Liaison Department will adopt a three-pronged approach towards curbing political violence in the province.

Delivering his policy speech on Friday, MEC Willies Mchunu said there would be a multi-party dialogue programme which would see his department facilitate dialogue between the affected parties.

This would entail acceptance of responsibility to resolve conflicts between and among party members with support from law enforcement agencies.

Mchunu also said the peace process introduced by King Goodwill Zwelithini would be continued.

Zwelithini started the peace process last December as a way to deal with violence in the province. Mchunu added that the police would arrest anyone suspected of criminal conduct. The initiatives are in addition to the multi-party political oversight committee.

He said the political violence, which has gripped some parts of the province such as uMtshezi, Imbabazane and kwaMashu hostel, was an indictment on the political parties that were supposed to use their skills and resources to better the lives of the people.

Echoing what he said in August 2012, Mchunu said the multi-party committee could not succeed on its own and called on all parties to give space to the police to do proper investigations and also educate their constituencies on political tolerance and democracy. He also said parties should report criminals within their ranks.

The IFP’s Blessed Gwala said the multi-party forum, which brought together all political parties in efforts to fight against violence and intolerance, was a necessary structure which had done a “commendable job”. However, “this structure must not be confused with what is unfinished business between the ANC and the IFP,” Gwala said.

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