ZUMA TO VISIT BORDER WITH MOZAMBIQUE AS CAMPAIGN TO COMBAT CRIME INTENSIFIES

South African President Jacob Zuma will visit Manguzi on the border between the eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal and Mozambique on Tuesday as part of the government’s campaign to intensify the fight against crime.

The president is expected to inspect the Kosi Bay border post at the KwaZulu-Natal-Mozambique border and meet with affected communities who have been living in fear, saying they are being terrorised by armed gangs who target four-wheel drive vehicles.

They say have been hit hard by cross-border crime syndicates who do not stop their activities despite police intervention. The affected residents finally called for the president’s intervention.

The communities have held several marches and appealed to the president to intervene and engage with his counterpart in Mozambique. They hope the president will come up with effective solutions to bring an end to these crimes.

The Induna (headman) of Mnyayiza Village in Manguzi, Joseph Tembe, said Monday he hoped President Zuma would come up with solutions to what had become a crisis.

Tembe said there should be co-operation between South Africa and Mozambique to stop these crimes. He expressed the hope that Zuma can assist in ensuring that vehicles that have already been stolen are brought back.

He said even when a vehicle had been positively identified by its owner, the person was forced to pay a large sum of money for it to be brought back across the border. Tembe said it is like buying your own vehicle for the second time.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK