The KwaZulu-Natal Executive Council (Cabinet) has expressed serious concern on the growing spate of blockades by protestors of major roads and called for stern action by law enforcement agencies against those involved such acts.
This follows the blockading yesterday of the N2 in Mtubatuba area by protestors where two trucks were set on fire. A similar incident happened on the N3 early today when about 50 protesting truck drives went on a go-slow which later resulted in the blockade of the free-way. Premier Willies Mchunu said that there was an ongoing engagement by a government task team with the truck drivers but that police should ready themselves for any eventuality beginning today. The Truck drivers had threatened further action beginning 21 June.
The Cabinet also received reports on what appeared to be ongoing planned killings in the Mbumbulu area where two people were shot dead last week. Faction fights are suspected but police were investigating.
In a separate report, the Cabinet also decried what appears to be growing abuse of social media to propagate racism. The cabinet felt this went against the province’s efforts to promote social cohesion and moral regeneration.
On the recently-held Comrades Marathon, the Cabinet warmly received and congratulated two KZN citizens who participated in the marathon. These are Bongumusa Mthembu who won this year’s Comrades and Fikile Mbuthuma who was the first to cross the line among KZN women participants. Both athletes are product of the Durban-based Department of Sports and Recreation’s Elite Athlete Development Programme (EADP). Cabinet supported the idea of a review by sponsors of monetary rewards given to those who excel in the marathon. The Cabinet was informed the race raked in over R700 million for the province.
The Premier presented to the Executive Council the Report of the Moerane Commission of Inquiry into the Underlying causes to the murder of politicians in KwaZulu-Natal. The Premier will, within 21 days after receiving the report, hand it over to the Speaker of the Provincial Legislature who will in turn give it back to the Premier also after 21 days after receipt. In terms of the KZN Commissions Act of 1999, the Premier will be obliged to release to the public the report 21 days after the Speaker had returned it to him.
The Cabinet also received an update on the KZN Provincial Prayer Month which began on 7 June and ends on 7 July, 2018. Reports were also received and supported on the appointments of Ezemvelo Board, the CEO of Moses Kotane and Ezemvelo CEO. This included the appointment of the KZN Growth Fund Board.
The Cabinet considered a report on the Inanda “Tea Estate” land dispute where a government task team is intervening between community members and farm owners in the area.
A report on the 2018 First Quarter Results for General Education and Training was also presented to the Executive Council. This report indicates that progress was being realised in terms of outcomes after an introduction of what is termed technical matric which is being introduced for the first time in the province. A Winter School Programme was also discussed by the Cabinet.
Issued by the KwaZulu-Natal Office of the Premier.
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