Zikalala says protests turned into blatant criminality

Zikalala says protests turned into blatant criminality

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala says what may have begun as an understandable cause protesting the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma has degenerated into blatant criminality.

KZN premier Sihle
KZN Provincial Government

He made the remarks at a briefing in Durban on Tuesday, where he addressed the violence in the province.

"Former president Jacob Zuma worked hard for our province and our country, especially for those people who were marginalised, to enter the mainstream and be integrated into the mainstream of the economy. 

"Today, such small entrepreneurs are suffocated by these violent acts."

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Responding to questions, Zikalala said there were some factors leading to the call for Zuma’s release.

"I think we much be clear here, there are two factors. The one factor is that there is a genuine cry for the release of former president Zuma and that must be understood, listened to, but it must be done peacefully and within the law. 

"It would be good to see former president released, but that cannot justify vandalism and violence."

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