South Africa 4.6.2015 11:00 am

MK vets to crush KZN criminals

African National Congress (ANC) supporters in Umkhonto We Sizwe uniforms march near Luthuli House, 12 December 2014, claiming to protect the ANC headquarters from a march planned by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to highlight Jacob Zuma’s failure to deliver on his jobs promise made in 2009. The ANC supporters threw stones at the DA marchers preventing them from approaching Luthuli House. Police had to use stun grenades to prevent more serious conflict. Picture: Michel Bega

African National Congress (ANC) supporters in Umkhonto We Sizwe uniforms march near Luthuli House, 12 December 2014, claiming to protect the ANC headquarters from a march planned by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to highlight Jacob Zuma’s failure to deliver on his jobs promise made in 2009. The ANC supporters threw stones at the DA marchers preventing them from approaching Luthuli House. Police had to use stun grenades to prevent more serious conflict. Picture: Michel Bega

Newly-appointed KwaZulu-Natal community safety head, Crosby Mavundla, yesterday vowed to rope in Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) military veterans in his drive to crush violent criminal gangs terrorising the province’s citizens.

Addressing the media in Durban, Mavundla – a former MK combatant himself – said the department was working on a framework that would see the veterans playing a major role in the fight against crime in the province.

“Unlike ordinary citizens, the military veterans have the necessary skills to combat crime and are not afraid of criminals,” he said.

“They, the military veterans, have indicated they were ready to volunteer their services and as a department, we are ready to work closely with them.”

KwaZulu-Natal has one of the highest rates of violent crime in the country.

Speaking at the same briefing, MEC for community safety Willies Mchunu said the provincial government had prioritised the fight against serious crimes in the province.

“As of April 1 to April 30, our Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences units arrested 349 offenders for sexually related crimes. During the same period, 51 suspects were convicted with six life sentences and a total of 412 years imprisonment were meted out,” he said.

“We have confidence Mr Mavundla will add value to the department, thus ensuring that, indeed, the people of KZN live in a safe and secure environment,” he said.

A former Major in the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), Mavundla is the current chairperson of the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKVA) in KwaZulu-Natal and also the president of the South African Security Forces Union.

During his time in the SANDF, Mavundla was involved in a number of anti-crime operations in the province, including the one targeted at perpetrators of faction fights.

 

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