The KwaZulu-Natal provincial government has strongly condemned the attack on well-known Durban entrepreneur, Max Mqadi, saying it would do everything possible to ensure that the shooting of the restaurateur does not lead to negative sentiment towards township tourism in the province.
The owner of the world-renowned Shisanyama, Max’s Lifestyle in Umlazi, was attacked by unknown gunmen on Thursday night as he was leaving the establishment. Despite being injured, he managed to drive himself to Florida Road in Durban where he received help.
The Provincial Government calls for swift action from the police to ensure that those behind this attack are brought to book. Law enforcement agencies must ramp up efforts to hold accountable those behind this senseless attack. This barbaric act has left many citizens shocked and fearful.
Incidents such as these have the potential of derailing our efforts of growing township tourism and the township economies in general.
Max’s Lifestyle remains one of the premier drawcards to local and international tourists and has contributed immensely to creating jobs in uMlazi. Attacks such as these may therefore reverse the gains we have made in this regard.
As part of the government’s plan of building better communities we will ensure that security especially in townships is strengthened and that the latest technology such as drone technology is used to police some of our areas.
“We wish Mr Mqadi a speedy recovery, but most importantly we look forward to those behind this heinous act being brought to book. The province cannot afford to have gun totting thugs roaming our streets freely especially in our townships and rural areas where we are stimulating economies. Building safer communities remains one of our key priorities. We will be watching the developments around this case very closely,” Premier Sihle Zikalala said.