By Dr Rishigen Viranna, MPL, DA KZN Spokesperson on Community Safety and Liaison:
THE DA in KwaZulu-Natal is horrified by the barbaric murder of eight family members, including two babies, in the Mabheleni area of Umzumbe.
We extend our deepest condolences to their families and wish them strength at this difficult time. We also acknowledge the work of police who have apprehended three suspects and call for the swift arrest and investigation of all perpetrators.
This tragic incident amplifies the pain suffered by hundreds of thousands of KZN families who have endured the loss or disability of loved ones due to violent crime.
Our province is in the grip of an epidemic of violence which the SAPS and provincial Department of Community Safety are struggling to combat.
The recent release of crime statistics rank KZN as the murder capital of South Africa, with one person killed every 150 minutes. There has also been an increase in other violent crime such as assault.
To deal with this crisis, KZN needs;
– Proper police training
– Vacancies filled with sufficient staffing levels at all police stations
– Specialised units to tackle violent crime amongst others.
Most importantly, KZN needs a leadership with the political will to stop crime.
This starts with a competent Safety MEC and provincial SAPS Commissioner.
The DA will tomorrow table a motion during a Sitting of the provincial legislature calling for answers from Community Safety and Liaison MEC, Willies Mchunu and Commissioner Ngobeni.
We expect them to show true leadership and present a concrete plan aimed at tackling the violent crime spree in our province.