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DA believes neighbourhood watches are more effective than SAPS

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The DA Shadow Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs has called for Premier Zikalala to withdraw his statement on stricter regulations on neighbourhood watches and, instead, focus on rebuilding KZN.

The DA Shadow Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Cilliers Brink issued a statement on Monday, 26 July 2021, stating that the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Premier, Sihle Zikalala’s remarks calling for stricter regulation on neighbourhood watches show just how out of touch he is with the situation in his province. Brink expressed that the Democratic Alliance (DA) rejects this and is calling on him to withdraw and focus on rebuilding the province.

The DA also stated that it appears as if the premier wants to sympathise with those who participated in the recent looting and violence, which claimed the lives of hundreds of people and devastated large parts of the KZN economy. Brink also stated that neighbourhood watches are not the problem in KZN or any other province, but that they in fact, protected communities when the South African Police Service (SAPS) was missing.

The DA’s Brink pointed out that the inability of the SAPS and other law enforcement agencies to protect lives and businesses was clear as day. He further noted that neighbourhood watches were successful precisely because they were not controlled by the African National Congress (ANC) government, which Zikalala has ignored.

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