Premier of KwaZulu Natal Willies Mchunu has condemned the placing of bomb -like devices in public places following the recent discovery of detonating devices at Gateway Mall and other public places.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the placing of bomb like devices in public places whose only intention can only be to plant fear and insecurity among the citizens of KwaZulu-Natal,” said Premier Mchunu.
Premier Mchunu also called for calm and assured the entire KwaZulu-Natal that government would do everything to get to the bottom of these incidents. “We call for calm during this time and request that government is given the space to conduct the necessary investigations into this matter,” said Premier Mchunu.
“We have placed high priority on these incidents, working with our provincial police and together with all relevant agencies in order to get to the bottom of this matter,” said Premier Mchunu.
President Cyril Ramaphosa recently appointed an Inter-Ministerial Task Team of Ministers of State Security, Home Affairs, Defence, Justice and Police to look at priority issues affecting safety and security. “As KwaZulu-Natal we will continue to work very closely with the Inter-Ministerial Committee which is led by Minister of Police Bheki Cele. We have already held several fruitful engagements with the team during their visits to KwaZulu-Natal, and have made significant progress on major issues in the table.
“We want to assure the citizens of KwaZulu-Natal that working in close collaboration with national government, we will do everything to maintain peace and stability in KwaZulu-Natal,” said Premier Mchunu.
Issued by: KwaZulu-Natal Office of the Premier