The member of the executive council (MEC) for cooperative governance and traditional affairs in KwaZulu-Natal province on Thursday condemned the burning to the ground of the department’s offices as barbaric.
The burning follows another attack on Tuesday when protesters threw what appeared to be a petrol bomb at the premises.
In a statement, the department said Thursday morning’s attack was believed to be related to the protest by informal settlement dwellers and land invaders angry over a government crackdown on lawlessness.
MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube said: “We strongly condemn this heinous act, which has undermined the foundation of our democracy, which is rule of law.
“This is a direct sabotage of the state infrastructure which ends up having dire consequences on innocent residents who rely on government services such as the ones provided by our department. We are calling upon law enforcement agencies to leave no stone unturned in their pursuit of the perpetrators of this dastardly deed.”
The same offices were attacked by gunmen last November who removed several television screens and computers from the building and also hijacked a department employee’s vehicle, although it was later recovered.
– African News Agency