STATEMENT: Makhosazane Masilela condemns ongoing violent looting and destruction of property

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STATEMENT: Makhosazane Masilela condemns ongoing violent looting and destruction of property
FILE: Mpumalanga legislature speaker Makhosazane Masilela. PICTURE BY Mpuleg

The speaker of the Mpumalanga provincial legislature, Makhosazane Masilela wishes to make an appeal to all the people of the province to remain calm during this period of social unrest.


BY MAKHOSAZANE MASILELA


The Mpumalanga provincial legislature has noted the increasing incidents of the violent destruction of property and looting in Mpumalanga and around the province. We further note that these incidents are informed by the ongoing spate of violence and looting taking place in some parts of our country. We therefore make this humble plea for level headedness during this difficult moment in our nation.

Whilst this period of social unrest initially came as result of some public anger and disappointment at the recent political development taking place through our courts. We however make the call that any public dispute must be resolved through reason and dialogue.

We therefore call on our communities to act responsibly and with caution to ensure that we safeguard our dignity as a nation. The response to increasing levels of poverty, unemployment and inequality that bedevil our society, especially the youth, remains our apex priority, through Government’s economic reconstruction and recovery plan. We are all cognisant that the inexcusably high level of inequality across race and gender is not sustainable, if we are to guarantee a just future for our children.

We therefore call on all social partners including community leaders, traditional leaders, religious leaders, sports associations and political parties to join Government’s efforts in the call of calm and peace in our nation.

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