KZN: Cops target hotspots

2011-04-19 00:00

AN unspecified number of police officers are going to be deployed in KwaZulu-Natal within the next six days to re-inforce security in political violence “hotspots” across the province.

This was confirmed by deputy provincial commissioner Major-General Khombinkosi Jula during a meeting of the multi-party political committee on peacekeeping, held at DLI Hall in Durban yesterday.

Jula would not reveal the number of officers to be deployed in the province, but said the deployment will be facilitated by the office of the national Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele.

A number of assassinations and other violent acts have occurred in parts of the province since local government election campaigning started to heat up in February. This has raised fears that there will be a resurgence of political violence in the province yet again this coming election.

Some of the regions identified as hotspots are: the Estcourt/Mbabazane area, Ulundi/Nongoma area, Mandeni/KwaDukuza area and hostels in and around Durban.

KZN Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu, who heads the committee, said taht among the recent politicallly related incidents are the murders of KwaNyavu NFP candidate Elias Dube and Moses Nkosiyabekwa Chili who defected from the IFP to join the ANC in KwaMashu hostel.

“From February until yesterday [Sunday], 88 cases had been opened in our province’s police stations.

“From those, 137 arrests were made, 26 cases were still under investigation, nine were withdrawn and 40 are still going to court.

“These cases range from murder, attempted murder, assault with grievious bodily harm, common assault, intimidation, crimen injuria, defamation of character, defeating the course of justice, removal of posters to public violence, pointing firearm, incitement to commit public violence, as well as [removal of] advertising on road signs,” Mchunu said.

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