MEC slams burning of councillor's office

2013-06-24 19:34

Durban - KwaZulu-Natal Transport, Community Safety, and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu has condemned the torching of a councillor's office in Umlazi, south of Durban.

"We cannot tolerate anarchy. What is happening in Glebelands seriously undermines the rule of law and it is a clear act of criminality," Mchunu said on Monday.

People had a right to protest, but vandalising and burning property was not acceptable, he said.

On Sunday, about 200 people burned down the offices at the Glebelands Reunion hostel, said police spokesperson Thulani Zwane.

The residents held a protest about service delivery on Thursday.

Mchunu's spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said the offices were reportedly vandalised because the residents were "revolting against a councillor".

He said Mchunu had met the leaders of the eThekwini municipality, led by Mayor James Nxumalo, Human Settlements MEC Ravi Pillay, the ANC eThekwini region, and the Glebelands hostel leadership.

Police were investigating a case of arson.

No arrests had been made and no injuries had been reported.

  • lacrimosewolf - 2013-06-24 19:55

    Slam, condemn, abhors, cannot tolerate. We are so tired of it all. All these acts are just irritations to the govt. People must really stop wasting time now with these skirmishes that are always condemned and then ignored. Are we really going to be doing this for another 20 years? Follow the Brazilian example. Get 2 million people together at one time and sort it out once and for all. Or change your vote in 2014.

      Armstrong Dreadnaught - 2013-06-24 20:25

      Just vote opposition next election. Sorted!

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-06-24 20:59

      There's no silver bullet to the wilderness we've been led into. A new govt inherits gargantuan problems - shrinking economy and massive unemployment. Just imagine what will become of the gazillions of ANC members out of jobs but still, under the law, entitled to State Pensions, Redundancy Packages and other Grants. Not to mention the gazillions of contracts that will have to be examined and taken to court. Even if they don't rule, they'll still suck the economy dry. They're not as dumb as they'd like us to think

      Ken O'Connell - 2013-06-24 21:15

      How do you get a job as a spokesperson, I want to be a spokesperson? Everybody in Government seems to have a spokesperson. Is nobody capable of speaking for themselves?

      Miguel Capelo - 2013-06-24 21:35

      They will be brought to justice, sooner or later. They will not get away with their blatant and arrogant corruption.

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-06-24 22:17

      @Miguel Capelo - dream on. If the previous Apartheid regime were never brought to justice you can be very sure that this current government would have made damned sure they never will either. Not sure what the story is with cabinet ministers but for the President he and all his wives and all his children are on the taxpayer's bill until they die and the last of his children born during his rule are 27 years old.

      Billy Andrew Croucamp - 2013-06-25 06:52

      The saying is so true.... "YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR" if you are not happy, VOTE FOR CHANGE !!!!

  • proudlysa - 2013-06-24 20:02

    Who taught them that?? Is it not the ANC way?? We destroy if we don't get our way! Look at your product Julius. Need I say more.....

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-06-24 20:17

      Oh well whoever taught 'them' that, we all really hope that cognition kicks in soon. It may p the govt off but there's now overwhelming evidence that it changes nothing

  • G.I Jane - 2013-06-24 22:15

    Keep on slamming.By luck you might kill the fire

  • Nico de Jongh - 2013-06-24 22:38

    Vote them in then burn them

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