Premier calls for KZN violence to stop

2012-02-27 19:41

Johannesburg - KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize has called for calm between two rival groups in Umlazi, south of Durban, after outbreaks of public violence.

"We strongly deplore any acts of any kind of destruction of property, either by fire or otherwise, as well as the loss of life that is brought about by any wilful act," Mkhize said in a statement on Monday.

Provincial Safety and Security MEC Willies Mchunu was leading a team that was negotiating with both parties to find a solution.

"While negotiations take place to secure peace, safety and security, we reassure the public that our security machinery will take all necessary steps to ensure that peace prevails, and that any unruly elements found to be violating the rights of others will face the might of the law."

On Sunday, the Inkatha Freedom Party condemned the violence, saying its members were attacked by National Freedom Party members.

Two men were arrested on Monday and seven on Sunday following clashes at the weekend. One man was killed.

"The men were arrested in their homes and we expect to make more arrests," Colonel Jay Naicker said.

On Friday shops were looted and people injured as hundreds marched in Umlazi T-Section.

"Themba Ngcobo, 51, died and two people were wounded when shots were being fired by the unruly mob," Naicker said.

Police dispersed the gathering.

The protesters regrouped on Saturday. About 600 gathered at a hostel and looted houses, Naicker said at the time. Two tuck shops were set alight and residents were robbed of groceries and cash.

Ngcobo's body was found near the Kwa-Mnyandu Railway Station on Saturday night.

The men were expected to appear in the Umlazi Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

"We urge all parties to respect the rights to property, safety and life of everyone, especially their neighbours," Mkhize said.

"Our country has gone a long way down the path of safety and security, and we are determined to prevent any attempts to derail the strides taken thus far in pursuit of peace and security in our province."

IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi said that the area is in crisis.

"The IFP rejects any form of violence. We abhor violence. We believe in engaging problems through negotiation, not through violence or the barrel of the gun," he said in a speech prepared for delivery at an Umlazi community meeting.

"My entire legacy stands as testimony to this truth. I have been vilified throughout the world for not embracing the armed struggle. We are a party of peace."

"As the leadership of this party, we will continue to engage the leadership of the NFP to talk seriously about this issue and ensure that the violence is resolved," Buthelezi said.

"I know that there is a great deal of energy and passion in this community. Your political allegiance runs deep.

"I would therefore like to plead with all of you today to channel this energy into finding a solution to end the senseless bloodshed."

  • Mantsho - 2012-02-27 19:51

    Criminals !

  • Nicholas - 2012-02-27 20:26

    Remember 18 years ago this was all blamed on the "3rd force" ..

  • Consolata Connie Lodya - 2012-02-27 20:27

    Can anybody tell me why there idiots are fighting and why the public had to get involved?

  • Matanje - 2012-02-27 20:42

    Signal of worse things to come? The first birth pangs to a South Africa without tribalism of any form, without racism of any form? What is Zuma (the one who wants to lecture us on the history of an otherwise precious and great ANC he basically knows nothing about) saying now on one of those last few months for him to continue occupying the seat of chief constitutional guarantor of peace and security on every inch of South Africa and for every citizen? Still waiting to be coached to an appropriate response by some Smart-Alec and Smart-Sarah from Mandela's regional and tribalistic camp of the Eastern Cape? Indeed, power without knowledge is carnage (and in case you wonder who said it? I've invented the saying as I was typing away the few past seconds!)

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-02-27 20:55

    Should we remind these people we live in a may support and vote for which ever party you wish, without any fear of intimidation. Here is another reason why Africa have had dictators as leaders...because of this intimidation.Black people (not all) seem intolerant of others if they support another party....wake up to the modern world, we allow others this freedom...stop behaving like primative tribes.Maybe the secrets is to keep your political thoughts to yourself (private) like many whites do...don't forget NO ONE KNOWS WHERE YOU PUT YOUR...X on voting day, so no one can intimidate you.

  • braamc - 2012-02-27 21:26

    The African way, rape, murder, savagary

      msendi - 2012-02-27 21:41

      Is this the only thing you learned from the camp? Grow up Mr Coetzee…

  • sbusiso.sunday - 2012-02-27 21:59

    IN SOME WAY i think all zulu people shoud just be short and killed like thier old king shaka who they think is the bigest thing ever south africa would be in so much peace without these idiots. what has a zulu achieved ever since we gaind our freedom. ask your self that.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-02-27 22:21

      sbusiso, I would say you are a being racsist..every person born in SA has a right to be here..including say, what have they achieved since you got your freedom? Have you noticed , our president is a Zulu. Learn to be tolerant of other races, or this country is going to explode into civil don't want that.

      tmvelase - 2012-02-28 01:42


  • Zwely Zeus - 2012-02-28 06:57

    mr nd mrs smith part two (ugatsha ne cherry yakhe)

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