KWAMAKHUTHA A WAR ZONE
By: Philile Radebe
The Provincial government has stepped in to curb gang related violence in KwaMakhutha.
This comes after hundreds of community members marched to the police station on Tuesday to hand in their memorandum.
The community said they were fed up with gang violence, drugs smuggling and crime in the area and police’s slow reaction to deal with the matters.
Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu, speaking at Umkhumbi sport ground, told residents that they would select seven people to sit on a community policing forum who would deal with the police.
He said he was confident that the police would make arrests soon and asked the community to support Operation Fiela.
He said, “Fiela will help to decrease the high rate of crime, violence and the raping of woman and children in this township”.
Mzamo Ngcobo, a resident in the area, said the gang violence was started in 2010 by a small group of youngsters in sections 1 and 7 in the area and some people have been killed.
Ngcongo who has lost a friend due to the violence said, “This war between the two section(s) has gone too far now”.
Some residents are not happy that it took more than three years for the provincial government to intervene.
Local Resident Sphindile Khumalo said, “This violence has been going on since I was in high school and it is only being recognised now that many people have been killed”.
One of the newly appointed members of the CPF, Nomusa Shembe, said that the forum is committed to helping the community deal with the violence.