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DA says engagement is the solution to ending violence at Glebelands

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in KwaZulu-Natal has taken its campaign to the troubled Glebelands Hostel in Umlazi ahead of next month’s Local Government Elections.


Over 60 people have been killed over the past two years at the hostel.

KwaZulu-Natal DA leader Zwakele Mncwango says they are constantly engaging with municipal and government officials in an attempt to put an end to the on-going violence.

“The challenge we saw before is that there is no use in fencing the hostel where they are able to engage each other. There are historic divisions between the two factions. The solution is not only to bring in the police but it is also a matter of giving them a platform to engage and find a solution. We believe that is the permanent solution because whatever happened before can be resolved by just talking,” Mncwango adds.

Sharing their concerns with Mncwango, one resident says, “We are unemployed, all we do is drink beer all day – which we do not like, but we just have to forget we do not have money. We are asking people for beer money.”

In the Western Cape, DA leader Patricia de Lille has appealed to party activists to work harder in ensuring that the DA wins both the Cape Agulhas and Theewaterskloof municipalities in the municipal elections.

She was addressing party supporters, clad in their trademark blue t-shirts, at a rally in Grabouw.

The Overberg town was the scene of violent protests over land and housing issues in May. These led to the closure of the N2 highway for five days. De Lille says the control of these municipalities remain a concern.

“I do want the DA to win an outright majority in two municipalities and that is in Cape Agulhas, where we currently have four African National Congress (ANC), four DA and one independent that is governing with the ANC. I want an outright majority there and in Theewaterskloof where we are also vulnerable because we only have two councillors that we lead with.”

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