KwaZulu-Natal, 13 July, 2021 / 3:16 pm (ACI Africa).
The leadership of KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (KZNCC) has, in a statement, condemned the ongoing violence in the South African Province saying the destruction of property witnessed during protests is “totally unacceptable.”
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms possible the violence that has wreaked havoc in our province; destroying property, infrastructure and businesses, intimidating innocent people and causing widespread fear and anxiety. We state that this is totally unacceptable and cannot, under any circumstances be tolerated,” KZNCC representatives say in the Monday, July 12 statement.
The Christian leaders further note that the wave of violence in the Province and other neighboring South African Provinces has been caused by “different viewpoints and opinions” that need to be urgently harmonized through dialogue.
“We appreciate that people have different viewpoints and opinions on the socio-political issues of the day. We therefore urgently call for dialogue and practical intervention from all parties and stakeholders rather than violence,” they say.
The protests, which were reportedly triggered by the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma for contempt of court seem to have unearthed economic inequality and a widening gap between the rich and the poor in the Southern African nation.