Stay on alert for violence, Greytown police urged

2009-08-24 00:00

WILLIES Mchunu, KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, yesterday urged police stationed at Greytown during political tensions there to continue their vigilance in the area following a peace accord concluded last week.

“Just do not lower your guards as the peace process requires nurturing,” said Mchunu.

The peace accord between the African National Congress and the Inkatha Freedom Party was signed on Thursday.

It follows months of political instability, which led to the loss of nine lives and two serious injuries.

“We must be clear in our minds that we have no desire to return to the abyss of a political conflict.

“In a free and democratic South Africa, there is no just war. I want to caution the police officers deployed in Greytown to remain on high alert.”

A spokesman for the department, Bhekisisa Mncube, said that according to the latest information from the police, a significant number of breakthroughs have been made in their investigations.

“As a result of the task team’s diligent work, five suspects have been arrested. In two cases police investigations are still in progress. Police have assured the MEC that a breakthrough is imminent,” Mncube said.

“I want to see the suspects in all cases hauled before a court of law soon.”

He said members of an elite police unit, the national intervention unit, which is part of the provincial task team, will remain in Greytown until the intelligence community assures the authorities that the guilty have been jailed.


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