“Our people are still daily in danger of being mowed down by assassins who have made the hostel their preying ground,” said African National Congress provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala in a statement.
“Dealing with these merciless killers requires a multipronged approach. The eThekwini municipality should install CCTV cameras and erect high mast lighting to improve safety in the area.”
KwaMashu hostel residents should also stand up against those who were making it impossible for the municipality to introduce these measures, as contractors were attacked.
On Saturday, KwaZulu-Natal police said four people were shot dead at KwaMashu hostel, north of Durban.
Major Thulani Zwane said the four were in a house on Friday evening when gunmen entered and shot them.
A task team, consisting of members of the Hawks, crime intelligence, and detectives, was established to investigate the murders.
Zikalala said effective crime intelligence would be needed to root out guns at the hostel.
“It has become clear that there has to be ongoing police raids to ensure that illegal firearms are removed from the hostel and the perpetrators brought to book,” he said.
“We commend the police deployment and the interventions that have been made by the MEC for community safety and liaison Cde Willies Mchunu.”
The ANC called upon the leaders of all political parties at KwaMashu hostel to exercise restraint and give police an opportunity to investigate the killings.
“The ANC again conveys its deepest condolences to the families and friends of our four comrades, Siphamandla Mpungose, Sibongiseni Biyela, Lucky Sibiya, and Mthulisi Shandu who [have] become the latest victims of violence at the weekend.”
It was owed to the people of KwaZulu-Natal to exercise leadership, and work towards stability and peace.
“The ANC implores all political parties to shun violence and preach the gospel of peace, which will create the conducive atmosphere for development in our hostels,” Zikalala said.
“We call on our government to speed up the process of converting single sex hostels to family units and replacing shacks with formal houses.”