Glebelands hostel residents want UN intervention


Umlazi, 26 February 2016 - The Public Protector's efforts to restore peace at the volatile Glebelands Hostel in Durban, are paying off. Since her intervention in December last year, no killings have been reported.

DURBAN – Residents of the violence-wracked Glebelands hostel in Umlazi, south of Durban, have declared a crisis.

They say 62 people have been murdered at the hostel in the past two years and they now want the UN to intervene.

ANC councillor Zodwa Sibiya is the latest victim – she was shot dead on Saturday night in Block L, where she had lived for years.

Residents are so fearful that no one speaking the media wanted to be identified.

Community leaders say the situation is untenable.

"We now appeal to the United Nations because the South African government has abandoned us,” said an anonymous community member.

“We have been discriminated by our government.

“Our rights, our constitutional rights have been violated by our government."

The community leaders have already started preparing letters to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra&39;ad Al Hussein amid fears the violence might escalate as the local government elections draw near.

In December, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela visited Glebelands after residents wrote to her office.

Madonsela is currently investigating the situation. Her probe is expected to be finalised by next month.