Meetings to tackle attacks on foreign business owners

2015-01-29 00:00

A MEETING this week and another to take place next week to prevent attacks on foreign business owners in the Inanda, Ntunzuma and KwaMashu (INK) area, were initiated after a man was shot dead in Inanda.

On Tuesday, KwaZulu-Natal Community Safety and Liaison officials, police, and community members met to search for an end to attacks on foreign business owners in the area.

This comes in the wake of the murder of a foreign business owner who was shot dead in Nhlungwane, in Inanda C, on ­Sunday.

“We call for an end to these attacks and on the community to work closely with the police to put an end to this,” said MEC Willies Mchunu.

Some of the proposals for prevention of the attacks included holding meetings with business people in different areas of INK, educational programmes for local business people, and a review of policies and systems of trading in townships.

Baruti Amisi of the Durban Refugee Council said that while it was a great ­initiative, the association will also have their own meeting with officials and ­community members next week to raise their ­concerns.

“We need to interact with communities. We need to consult more closely and focus on people working on the ground who are affected,” he said.

KZN violence monitor Mary de Haas said any steps toward prevention of attacks on foreign business owners were better than reacting afterwards.

“The INK area is a huge sprawling area, with many informal settlements and no doubt many foreign businesses. Any initiative to end attacks is good, but we need a preventative early warning system in place. It is also the responsibility of the police to monitor the area and respond to situations where these attacks take place. Religious organisations and schools can also play a role,” she said.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said yesterday no arrests had been made in the murder of the businessman.

Provincial police commissioner ­Mmamonnye Ngobeni also met with cluster commanders yesterday following the incident.

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