We cannot be held hostage by political opportunism– Makhura

We cannot be held hostage by political opportunism– Makhura

Gauteng Premier David Makhura says the province is slowly getting back onto its feet amid the ongoing violence and looting of the past week.

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Law enforcement agencies and some community leaders are continued with attempts on Wednesday to quell the violence in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.  

Speaking at the funeral of late Johannesburg Mayor Geoff Makhubo, the premier lamented the current situation in the province.

“Who can say this is about politics? How can in any way politics have to do with what is happening? So we are calling on the people of our province and law enforcement to rise to the occasion to make sure that this is stopped

“I also know that different parties in our province are joining to say there should be no looting. We cannot shut down this country.”

Makhura said the mayor, who died from Covid-19 related complications last week, would have been on the ground to stop the violence and looting in the province.

“I want to assure the people of our province that through this week community leaders are beginning to be in charge. We cannot allow the criminal elements to take over and smash everything we have built.

“We know we are not yet where we would’ve wanted to be, but we cannot be held ransom by the political opportunism. They cannot be allowed to reign supreme in our communities.

“Comrade Makhubo would’ve been counted among those on the ground with his law enforcement having sleepless nights to make sure that we restore order and peace.”


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