Police stand guard at Block 52 of Glebelands Hostel in July during a visit from the Moerane Commission of Inquiry investigating political violence in the province. ANA File photo.

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KZN community safety MEC applauds arrests at Gleblands Hostel

JOHANNESBURG, December 13 – The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Mxolisi Kaunda, on Tuesday, applauded the police for arresting eight people allegedly involved in the spate of killings and other crimes in the Glebelands hostel.
“The recent breakthroughs by the police have restored hope and trust on the police by our communities. We commend the team working at Glebelands and other teams in the province for having worked hard and going as far as other parts of the country to apprehend suspects,” Kaunnda said.
His office said that police arrested the eight in connection with attempted murder and murder cases that have been occurring at the hostel, where at least 90 people have been killed in the last two years.
Kaunda said the arrests were an important step towards ending violence at the hostel.
“The recovery of illegal firearms in the hands of suspects proves how dangerous these suspects are. This determination by the police proves beyond doubts that as government, working across and through relevant agencies, we are prepared to restore order and stability in Glebelands hostel,” Kaunda said.
“The arrest of a police officer vindicates our long standing view that some well-trained individuals are working with criminals to perpetrate violence and plan hits on targeted persons to instil fear to the rest of the community. The arrest of the police officer is very important and it will send a strong message.”
Kaunda also commended the growing trust and working partnership between the police and the community of Glebelands, saying that such collaboration was important to end the long-standing violence and brutality at the hostel.
Kaunda vowed that the police would continue to monitor the situation at the hostel and has welcomed the impact by the satellite police station.
“The government has been engaged in a number of activities in a bid to restore calm and stability in Glebelands. Among other things, a task team appointed by the provincial government is still engaged in an on-going process of monitoring interventions. CCTV cameras have been installed and are working at the hostel. Perimeter fencing has been mounted,” he said.
“As committed, the satellite police station is now operational. More work is being done to improve the physical condition of the hostel through massive maintenance work.”
The eight arrested people include a police officer, who has been at the centre of the controversy in the Glebelands violence, his office said. They have all appeared in the uMlazi Magistrate’s Court.
African News Agency (ANA)

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