The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Mxolisi Kaunda has urged leaders of the ANC and the IFP in the Abaqulusi Municipality and Zululand District to work closely in creating a safe and peaceful environment ahead of the general elections in May.
The five-aside meeting, was also attended by provincial and regional leadership of both parties which include ANC Provincial Executive Committee Member, Bheki Ntuli and the IFP National Chairperson, Blessed Gwala. The leaders welcomed the intervention of the MPPIC as it will pave way for construction engagement among the two political parties in Abaqulusi.
The police have described the area as stable but tense since the violent protests.
Kaunda thanked the leaders of both parties for their commitment in bringing peace and stability in the area. This will send a clear message to the general membership of both political parties that differences cannot be solved through violence,” said Kaunda.
Since both parties met for the first time today, they agreed to convene a follow up meeting next week which will be coordinated by the Department of Community Safety and Liaison. The parties also agreed to report back to the general membership about the current engagements aimed at stabilising the area.
Kaunda assured the political parties that police will continue to maintain a strong presence in the area until the situation returns to normal.
He also urged the leaders to play a key role in discouraging their members to embark on illegal and violent service delivery protests which result in injuries and damage to property. “If members of the community want to raise genuine service delivery issues, they must follow proper channels and conduct their demonstrations peacefully,” said Kaunda.
Tomorrow morning (2 March 2018), Kaunda will be intervening in Umzimkhulu following violent protests which have brought the town and surrounding areas to a standstill.