Security at KZN hostel beefed up

2012-10-09 08:47

Durban - Members of the national tactical response team and the public order policing unit have been sent to KwaZulu-Natal to beef up operations at the kwaMashu men’s hostel, which has become a political killing field.

The latest murder was that of IFP councillor Themba Xulu, who was kidnapped on Friday and whose body was found on Sunday. His death follows the recent killings of three National Freedom Party (NFP) members at the hostel.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said that 110 members from the tactical response team and the public order policing unit had been sent to the kwaMashu men’s hostel. They will beef up the provincial police team that is already in place.

Naicker said although the situation was still tense, the extra deployments would ensure that there was stability on the ground.


Provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni met with political leaders at her office on Monday, where an agreement was reached on a way forward to resolve the current stand-off. Naicker said that the agreement was that the police would ensure that there was a high police visibility in the area combined with increased crime prevention operations. He added that all political parties agreed to co-operate with the police investigations.

“We are satisfied that the parties will engage with their members on the ground to prevent further acts of violence and intimidation,” Naicker said.

He added that the meeting also agreed that there had to be engagement with local government departments to address issues of concern at the hostel, like service delivery and living conditions of the residents.

KZN MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Willies Mchunu appealed for calm. He said the kwaMashu hostel had been a highly contested territory between the IFP and the NFP since the 2011 local government elections.

“It is alleged that it is the stand-off between the two political parties that fuelled the tensions that led to the outbreak of violence in the hostel over the weekend,” said Mchunu.

He added that he was confident that the police would soon make a breakthrough on the Xulu murder and welcomed the commitment by both leaders of the NFP and IFP to work for peace.

  • EricksonTL - 2012-10-09 08:51

    Remind anyone of the run up to 1994? Back then, I thought stockpiling food was hilarious. In the run up to Manguang, I think stockpiling food, and investing in a cannon, perhaps, might be a good idea!

      terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-09 09:13

      You are probably right about that Erickson!!

      terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-09 09:19

      You are probably right about that Erickson!!

      mshiniboys - 2012-10-09 11:00

      Heehehehehehehe that's great..I actually thought it was a rumour that people had built houses with secret underground cabins where they stockpiled necessities in case a war broke out.You might be right this time around.

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-10-09 08:55

    I love the way the anc "play nice". If it carries on like this they will have either shot each other to pieces or everyone will be to scH!tt scared to become an anc member. Here's to hoping they can "play nice" for decades to come!!

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-10-09 10:07

      kwaMashu, that's the place Zuma visited recently and was shocked by the living conditions, anyway he had to rush back to his abode to see how the R203,000,000 alterations were getting on, I hear he struggles to sleep worrying about the poor, you have to feel for the man.

  • issa.kabudula - 2012-10-09 09:35

    People must now learn how the west do their politics - the same audience two politicians with different parties and manifestos sale & market their plans one after another without the audience fighting - this means they are informed that there is no reason to fight for they are just supporters, if any leave the leaders themselves to fight because they are the ones who benefit after all.

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-10-09 09:36

    At this rate South Africa will soon become known as the Wild South.

  • philani.sokhela - 2012-10-09 11:03

    maybe before anything is done in assisting the people in KwaMashu hostle first there have to assist them self by removing people who are not suppose to be stay there at all. My understanding of the hostel it was for people who are working but dure to the fact of working far away from home. but now people are overcrouded there.Two the IFP and NFP are to blame for not educating thier member that every one has the right to choose which part there like.

  • philani.sokhela - 2012-10-09 11:13

    as for the country that we are living in you go to bed to day happy but whn you wake up you are not sure of what is going to happen next. Im not even sure of my futur look at education, mining,transport etc. where are we going can anybody tell me cos I don't want to end up in Zimbabwe.

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