Social development MEC Khoza promotes unity in Ugu district of KZN

KwaZulu-Natal Social Development MEC Nonhlanhla Khoza leads a social cohesion parade in Port Shepstone.

Intolerance remains a major problem in KwaZulu-Natal. It was a concern raised by social development MEC Nonhlanhla Khoza on Monday when she led a parade to promote social cohesion in Port Shepstone on KZN’s south coast.

Khoza said the racial tensions seen during the July unrest in Ugu district reminded them of the Group Areas Act.

“We have all been affected by the civil unrest. There are those who lost everything they worked for and those who lost their jobs, which is why it was imperative that we unite.

MEC Social Development, Nonhlanhla Khoza.

She added that while some residents were trying to protect their property during the unrest, as a municipality and provincial government they will ensure that racial tensions do not recur in Port Shepstone.

“Recent unrest in the province has reminded us to shut down all pockets of hate within our communities.

“After losing more than 300 innocent lives to looting and violence across KZN, we all need to make sure this never happens again,” she said, adding that people’s hatred will only help. person.

Khoza, who is also the Ugu district champion of the KZN legislature, said that as district champions, they were recently tasked by Prime Minister Sihle Zikalala to promote social cohesion in their respective districts.

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She said that as the province attempts to rebuild after the unrest, everyone must come together.

“We have all been affected by the civil unrest. There are those who lost everything they worked for and those who lost their jobs, which is why it was imperative that we unite,” she said.

“We must all say no to hate and fear. We must say yes to inclusion and tolerance.

The MEC said that apart from racial tensions in Ugu during the unrest, it was also of concern that people had set fire to water infrastructure in the municipality.

This was particularly disturbing as there were many people struggling to get water in the area.

“Causing damage is never a solution”

Meanwhile, Deputy Mayor of Ugu District Municipality, Phumlile Mthiyane, said Khoza’s visit should remind residents that even if there is something they are unhappy about, damaging municipal infrastructure does not hurt. is never a solution.

“We needed a visit like this after the unrest as we are also a tourist destination which has been hit hard by the recent unrest. Let’s hope that the inhabitants of the neighborhood will realize that the damage things don’t solve anything,” Mthiyane said.

Joel C. Hicks