Safety MEC’s departure should come as a relief to people of KZN

Sizwe Mchunu, MPP

DA KZN Spokesperson on Community Safety and Liaison

The expected redeployment of Willies Mchunu — the current Community Safety and Transport MEC in KZN — should come as a relief to the people of KwaZulu-Natal.

Media reports today indicate that Mchunu may be deployed to national as President Jacob Zuma’s advisor on safety and security matters.

The DA welcomes the MEC’s departure.  He has not been on top of his game and is a politician, adept at sod-turning, but he has failed in the acid test as MEC, which is to hold the SAPS accountable to communities on standards of service delivery.

Crime in KZN shows no sign of improvement.  Certainly, there have not been any major initiatives during 2013 to crush this scourge.  Instead, successful anti drug units have been shut down despite the strong link between substance abuse and violent crime.

The question is whether Mchunu’s successor will be any better.  Crime is an issue that affects each and every citizen in our province and it must be treated with the seriousness it deserves.  The acting Premier must bear this in mind when he appoints a replacement.