ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH
 
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18 November 2016
 
EThekwini Mayor Visits Puntan's Hill Family Whose Home Was Petrol Bombed
 
EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede delivered blankets and food to sympathise with the Puntan’s Hill, Morningside family, after their home was destroyed in a petrol bomb attack earlier this week. She also said the City would assist the family to find accommodation.
 
Councillor Gumede, who met with the family and members of the community on Friday, 18 November, expressed her dismay at the attack saying communities needed to work together and not fight each other.
 
The attack came after the family’s land had been illegally invaded.
 
She said her visit to the area was to let the family know she felt their pain and to show them support.
 
“We as the City preach unity and that communities need to support each other. Our hope lies with the local committee to help this family. We are here to let the family know that we will assist them with accommodation.”
 
Councillor Gumede thanked officials who had already assisted the family.
 
She told residents that she regretted the attack and would ensure the area was safe.
 
“We have to fight for people’s safety. However, we cannot do anything without the community’s help.”
 
Councillor Gumede met with the woman whose home was burnt in the attack. The visibly distraught woman and her family thanked the Mayor for visiting them.
 
“What happened was very traumatising and difficult for the family. But now that we see the Mayor here it gives us hope that something will be done,” said a relative of the woman.
 
Councillor Gumede said she was devastated by the incident and reassured the family that the City would intervene.
 
“It is important to first ensure that the family is settled and receives the necessary counselling before focusing on their accommodation. There will be security on the ground in the area to ensure residents’ safety,” she said.
 
“This attack affects us all including the City. Investors will be afraid to come and invest here when they see such incidents. We cannot allow it,” Gumede added.
 
She said the City took a zero tolerance approach to land invasions and appropriate legal action would be taken.
 
The City’s Land Invasion Unit is mandated to stop and discourage people who attempt to illegally occupy land. The Municipality is guided by Council policies and the court of law.
 
Members of the public are encouraged to report to authorities when they see people invading land or Municipal property.
 
Members of the public are urged to contact the eThekwini Municipality’s Security Management Unit on 031 311 4699 or 079 821 8879 to report land invasion.
 
ENDS
 
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications, Tozi Mthethwa.
 
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