The IFP has lambasted the provincial government's lack of strategy,
institutional capacity and the political will to curb inter- and
intra-party violence in KZN as the province hosts yet another summit to
address this persistent issue.
"As much as our law enforcement agencies fail to make a dent on crime,
they also fail to contain politically-motivated violence. This inaction
is compounded by a lack of political will," said Leader of the Official
Opposition in KZN Blessed Gwala MPL.
The IFP's concern is that decisive action on the part of the law
enforcement agencies has long given way to endless talk shops on the
subject of crime and political violence that continue to plague ordinary
"Today's government-sponsored summit on political violence which follows
last year's provincial summit on police killings is proof enough of this
attitude in the highest political places," said Gwala.
The IFP notes with alarm that inter- and intra-party violence is on the
rise in KZN once again and that its office bearers, public
representatives and ordinary members are on the receiving end of it.
"We also contend that the presence of national Minister of Police Nathi
Mthethwa at the provincial summit on political violence is a tacit
admission that political violence in KZN is getting worse and that the
provincial government is failing to contain it," said Gwala.