ANC calls for SA to unite against crime

ANC calls for SA to unite against crime

The African National Congress (ANC) has called on South Africans to unite against crime following the recent shootings at taverns, public spaces, and farms.

Nomzamo Park tavern shooting in Soweto

South Africans are still reeling with shock over a string of shootings in taverns throughout the country.

In addition, six people died in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg while four are recovering in hospital after several armed robberies on Thursday evening.

On the same day, seven people were shot and killed in a farm near Kestell in the Free State.

 ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe says it is clear that the attacks are intended to spread fear through communities across the nation.

“The ANC calls on the South African Police Service (SAPS) and other law enforcement agencies to dedicate personnel and resources to investigating these crimes and prosecuting those responsible,” he says.

“These investigations need to establish whether there is any connection between the various incidents and identify those responsible for directing them.”

Mabe has lambasted the use of the incidents as a spotlight by some political parties for political gains.

“The ANC is concerned by the reckless posturing of some political parties and groupings, who are seeking to use these senseless killings for political gain. If we are to stop this onslaught against communities, we need to work together as all South Africans to find and prosecute those people who want our people to live in fear.

“We need to work together with the police and other security services to make our homes, streets, businesses and public spaces safe and secure,” he said.

Seven people have since been arrested in Alexander following a visit by Police Minister Bheki Cele alongside Gauteng Premier David Makhura, National Commissioner Fannie Masemola and Community Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko.

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