Ntshongweni: Peace Pact celebrated as strikers are warned

2010-08-30 00:00

POLICE minister Nathi Mthethwa has assured non-striking workers and volunteers of their safety in schools, hospitals and other state insitutions as police would be deployed there.

Mthethwa made the assurance during his keynote address at an ANC-organised 21st celebration of the Ntshongweni Peace Pact that was signed between the ANC and the IFP, held at KwaMagaba sports field in Ntshongweni yesterday.

The signing of the peace pact on August 29, 1989 signalled the beginning of an era of peace in an area that was dubbed the “Valley of Death” due to the gruesome political killings that took place there during the late 1980s.

Mthethwa, who is originally from Ntshongweni and was ANC Youth organiser there, issued a stern warning against those “irresponsible individuals who disrespect human rights during the current strike.”

He said the constitution prohibits any form of violent, barbaric and intolerant behaviour by striking workers.

Mthethwa congratulated the people of Ntshongweni for sustaining peace despite the challenges they have faced.

The meeting was addressed by former ANC leader in the area Hlome Zwane (70) who negotiated peace with IFP leader in the area, Victor Sibisi, before the signing of the peace pact.



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