Political violence: Cele calls for calm

2009-06-25 00:00

THE MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Bheki Cele, has condemned the recent spate of violence allegedly involving the IFP and ANC in Greytown.

Cele said the violence has terrified the community.

He said swift action by the police resulted in the arrest of two people in connection with the murders by unknown gunmen of three members of the Sikhakhane family on Tuesday.

“The police are confident that the questioning of the two suspects will yield positive results as they could be directly linked to the murders,” he said.

Cele called for people in the area to remain calm and urged community members with information that might help the police end the “senseless” killings in Greytown to come forward.

“This area, especially Entembisweni, has been plagued by politically motivated killings since May. Both the IFP and the ANC have lost councillors as a result of this violence. Government and the police are closely monitoring the situation and would like to assure the community that it is a priority to restore peace and stability in Greytown,” Cele said.

He said the government will not put up with political intolerance and it is time that people learn to respect one another others’ political affiliations. “It is our main priority to stamp out any acts of violence in the province, and we will pursue all the available avenues to find the perpetrators of these acts of violence and we will deal with them accordingly,” said Cele.

Two councillors from the IFP and ANC have been ambushed and killed in tit-for-tat violence in the Greytown since May. Two weeks ago, an IFP councillor was shot and wounded on his way home.

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