President Jacob Zuma will visit Manguzi on the KwaZulu-Natal and Mozambique border on Tuesday. The visit is part of government’s campaign to intensify the fight against crime.
The President is expected to inspect the Kosi Bay border between KwaZulu-Natal and Mozambique. He will also meet with affected communities.
Residents have been living in fear, saying they are being terrorised by armed gangs who target 4×4 vehicles. They have been hit hard by cross border syndicates.
Despite police intervention, they don’t stop. Affected residents called for the President’s intervention.
The communities have held several marches and appealed to the president to intervene and engage with his counterpart in Mozambique.
Residents hope the President will come up with effective solutions that will bring an end to these crimes.
The Induna of Mnyayiza Village in Manguzi, Joseph Tembe says he hopes President Zuma will come up with solutions to what has become a crisis.
Tembe says there needs to be co-operation between South Africa and Mozambique to stop these crimes. He expressed the hope that Zuma can assist in ensuring that vehicles that have already been stolen are brought back.
He says even when a vehicle has been positively identified by its owner, the person is forced to pay a large sum of money for it to be brought back across the border. Tembe says it is almost like buying your own vehicle for the second time.