CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
President Jacob Zuma pledged on Tuesday to combat crime that is
causing tension between South African and Mozambican nationals in communities
urged the local communities of Mhlabuyalingana and surrounding municipalities of
Mkhanyakude, Hlabisa and Jozini in northern KwaZulu-Natal Province to renew
their trust in the police and work together with them to combat cross-border
crime especially car hijackings in the area.
the area on Tuesday to meet representatives from the communities and hear their
concerns amid tensions between residents and foreign nationals, the presidency
communities have been hit by incidents of stock theft and cross-border
hijackings involving Mozambican nationals who allegedly hijack cars from South
Africans and drive them across the border.
police authorities bluntly refused to return the cars, local South Africans
complain to Zuma.
the local police station which he found to be severely under-resourced and also
went to inspect the borderline between South Africa and Mozambique.
undertook to look into the issues raised by the community, especially the
suspicion that some members of the police are alleged to work with the crime
corruption and bribery involving police are reportedly rife in the area.
the communities to provide information on specific cases of police involvement
and avoid generalizations.
crossed over the border and greeted the Mozambican police and Mozambican
residents living on the borderline and was greeted warmly by the Mozambican
nationals, according to the presidency.
South African national departments particularly of the Police, Defence, State
Security, Home Affairs, Social Development and others would make a strong
intervention after his visit, working with the provincial government and
South Africa enjoys strong and warm historical relations with Mozambique and
crime should not be allowed to sour these relations.
The visit was
part of the government’s intensified campaign against crime as tension between
South Africans and foreign nationals increased.
is drawing all the spheres of government in unity towards eradicating crime and
dealing with serious tension in the area between citizens and migrants or
visitors from neighbouring sister countries, presidential spokesperson Bongani