KZN crime fighters join forces

2013-11-25 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL should now focus on the eradication of crime and killings in order to lay the ground for economic development and entrench the culture of peaceful co-existence, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu, said at the weekend.

Addressing the launch of the new organisation to fight crime in Dundee at the weekend, Mchunu said with the almost total eradication of political violence in KwaZulu-Natal there was now no justification or any excuse for the killings, including that of commercial farmers.

“We have now successfully dealt with political violence so no one should try to use the excuse of politics to kill or rob people. We are now stable. It is clear to us that eradicating criminality and killings will give us an ample time to concentrate on developing our own economy and creating jobs.

“The atmosphere of peaceful co-existence is critical for economic development,” he said.

He was launching the KwaZulu-Natal Community Crime Prevention Association (KZNCCPA), a new organisation of independent community crime fighting organisations, in Dundee.

These organisations are independently involved in crime fighting.

The organisation is part of the efforts by KwaZulu-Natal Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu, to mobilise all community structures in the fight against crime and criminality.

Addressing the launch, MEC Mchunu said it had taken painstaking efforts to convince both this organisation and the government to partner in the fight against crime.

“While from the onset we realised that we had common objectives with these organisations — which is to fight crime and criminality — but at the same time we had serious reservations with the way they were operating,” said MEC Mchunu.

However, he said, after lengthy engagements, it was agreed that all would operate within the law and in partnership with the police.

The body currently has 14 organisations that are active in crime fighting with some focusing of anti-stock theft initiatives. “As the provincial government, we fully endorse this formation as a very important addition in the arsenal of measures that we have put into place to do battle with criminals.”

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