“I call on every member of the South African Police Service in KwaZulu-Natal to work within the ambits of the law to fulfil our mandate of preserving law and order without fear or favour. Let us do everything in our power to contain the wave of violence that swept across certain parts of the province earlier this week and bring the perpetrators of crime to book. Apply the law equally regardless if the perpetrators of crime are South Africans or foreign nationals. I also want to thank all role-players in the Provincial Joints for their dedication and commitment towards stemming the violence.” These were the words of KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni on Friday morning.
The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial SAPS Management is engaged in continued dialogue with the Office of the Premier, the MEC for Safety and Security, foreign national representative bodies and other stakeholders on ways to curb the violence and restore calm as soon as possible. Indications this morning, Friday, 17 April, are that the tensions have abated. It seems that the relentless action by the security forces to disperse violent gatherings, the Peace March organised by the office of the Premier and the efforts of State, Civic and Religious institutions to bring an end to the violence, is bearing fruit. Members of the SAPS will continue to saturate affected areas and monitor the situation.
We have noted with concern that there are still inflammatory rumours being spread on the social network inciting violence. False messages have been circulated that taxi or train loads of people are being transported to certain areas to attack foreign nationals. We call on people to act responsibly and refrain from fanning the flames of violence by resending unverified messages. The Provincial Commissioner met with members of the Provincial Joints this morning and urged role players to ensure that criminals do not take aantage of the current situation and cause further embarrassment to our country. As the operational leg of the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster (JCPS), the Provincial Joints has all government departments working together to identify the possible threats and put in place mechanisms to prevent the violence from spreading. The security forces and provincial leadership are committed to ending the violence.
We can now confirm that a sixth person has died as a result of the current violence in KwaZulu-Natal. On Wednesday, 15 April 2015 at 13:50, the body of a 58-year-old man was found on the Buffelsdraai Road in Verulam. The investigation has revealed that the man is a foreign national and he was attacked by a mob whilst at his home. He then fled and died of his injuries near his home. Detectives at Verulam are investigating a case of murder. Police have arrested 112 suspects across the province for various offences related to the wave of violence that swept across the province over the past two weeks. Lieutenant General Ngobeni has directed that the status quo be maintained in respect of police deployments over this weekend.
Source : South African Police Service