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SALGA ‘Marshal society back to the basics to stop political killings’

 

Posted: 22 November 2017

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The killing of councillors and municipal officials is not a local government matter that can simply be thrown at SALGA to resolve single-handedly, there is a need to marshal society in its entirety to go back to the basics - where they will be respect for human life and democracy. The killing of councillors takes place against the backdrop of a violent society where human life is no longer valued. 

This emerged today at the SALGA Working Group meeting for Councillor Welfare and Empowerment, Governance and Intergovernmental Relations in Durban.  Working Groups are structures of the SALGA National Executive Committee (NEC) that deal with political detail on behalf of the NEC.  It is made up of mayors, speakers, and councillors.

SALGA Working Group Chairperson for Councillor Welfare and Empowerment, Governance and Intergovernmental Relations Working Group, Cllr Bheke Stofile said "the unfortunate incident where church-goers were seen beating a metro police officer for towing an illegally parked car was a sign that the intelligence and security apparatus of our country was getting weak, an indication of a society that's on the downward spiral. The killing of councillors is not an isolated matter from the society we presiding over."

The meeting expressed that there was a need to raise awareness campaigns to communities to conscientise them about the impact that violence and killings have on the sector. Cllr Stofile said some councillors were killed while coming back from community meetings.

Executive Manager in the Office of the CEO at SALGA Lance Joel said: "It will take a societal partnership to end the killings of councillors, not just SALGA and police.  Municipalities, together with our society must play a role in this.  Municipalities through their communication portfolios must utilise communication as an enabler and a strategic partner to educate communities about how to resolve differences without resorting to violence.”  

The International Programmes and Partnerships Working Group is meeting on Wednesday, 22 November at SALGA KwaZulu-Natal offices. SALGA will also release a Declaration of Intent on the Killing of Councillors and Municipal Officials. 

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