JOINT STATEMENT BY POLITICAL PARTIES REPRESENTED IN THE COUNCIL OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF GEORGE
Issued on behalf of George Council, 15th July 2021
- The current incidents of looting, violence and attack on properties in especially KZN and Gauteng.
- The theft, the violence and scenes of criminality have on the constitutional democracy and the rule of law in South Africa.
- That South Africa is currently at lockdown Level 4, during Wave 3 of the Covid-19.
- The safety of people and property is a constitutional responsibility of the State.
Therefore, the following political parties represented in the Council of George :
- Call for peace and stability in all our areas in our Municipality.
- Appreciate the work of the law enforcement agencies, neighbourhood watches, private security industry, community safety officers, farm watches in maintaining law and order.
- Every organisation/organ of state to stay within their mandate to ensure safety and security in our town.
- Will work with all communities as elected councillors and public representatives to maintain law and order and provide the necessary leadership to create calmness in our communities.
- Appeal to our residents across our Municipality to refrain from circulating fake news and unverified information. Spreading of fake news is a punishable offence and should be stopped at all costs.
- Work towards protecting our people as well as private, public and municipal property.
- Call on all our interfaith leaders within George Municipality to lead us in prayer for peace and stability in our nation, Province and Municipality.
Names of all leaders presented in the Council
Democratic Alliance, Cllr M. Barnardt
African National Congress, Cllr GN Jantjies-Gushman
Vryheids Front Plus, Cllr G. van Niekerk
Good Party, Cllr R. Hector
ACDP, Cllr J. du Toit
ICOSA, Cllr T. Fortuin
PBI, Alderman V. Gericke
AIC, Cllr J. Mkhondo
Executive Mayor, Alderman L. van Wyk
Executive Deputy Mayor, Cllr C. Clarke
Speaker, Cllr G. Pretorius