Muden unrest: DA calls for peace to be restore

Sizwe Mchunu, MPP

Leader of the DA in the KZN Legislature

The Democratic Alliance in the province of KwaZulu-Natal is calling for law and order to be restored in Muden, Greytown, following protests which erupted in the area last week.

Life has come to a standstill in Muden, as disgruntled angry residents, who allegedly put in a land claim on a farm 20 years ago, took to the streets protesting against slow progress in the finalisation of their claim.  Residents blockaded the road between Greytown and Muden to express their anger and frustrations.

As results of the on-going unrest, schools, businesses and other daily activities are negatively affected.

The DA is calling for the violence and unrest to be stopped and for a  long-term solution to be found to prevent this recurring problem. Learners in Muden missed their first week of schooling and this province cannot afford such chaos at the start of a school year.

The DA has written two letters, one addressed to the KZN’s Community Safety and Liaison MEC, Willies Mchunu and the Provincial Police Commissioner Betty Ngobeni urging them to ensure that adequate protection is provided for all members of the community and police are deployed to maintain law and order in the area.

The second letter has been directed to the Minister for Rural Development and Land Reform, Mr Gugile Nkwinti, asking him to intervene to assist with addressing the concerns and frustrations of the community.

We also urge community members, farmers and other stakeholders involved to seek a peaceful and long lasting solution. The DA will continue to monitor developments in the Muden area and trust that the authorities will address this matter urgently so that any further unrest is avoided.