The situation in Majola villages of Port St Johns in the Eastern Cape has been dire for years. The village has experienced incidents of violence and crime that have resulted in the burning down of over 140 homesteads and houses and the killing of 22 people in the past three years alone. The conflict has displaced scores of families, leaving women and children destitute.
To address the situation in Majola villages, an integrated service delivery approach has been implemented with a heightened policing intervention to restore stability and peace to the area.
Meetings and Community Engagement
On 30 April 2023, meetings were held with affected villagers, community and traditional leadership structures, and other stakeholders in the provincial government. The meetings facilitated an integrated service delivery approach, which is supported by a heightened policing intervention.
On 01 May 2023, Police Minister Bheki Cele addressed affected villagers during a community engagement and assured them that their complaints were being dealt with at the highest level. He also requested the deployment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to support the SAPS in the area.
Deployment of Tactical Units and Additional Detectives
Members of the Tactical Response Teams (TRT) and National Intervention Unit (NIU) will be deployed within a week to affected areas of Majola villages, accompanied by a team of additional detectives to assist with police investigations. This intervention is a significant step towards setting a foundation for peace in the conflict-stricken area of Majola villages.
A Commitment to Safety and Security
By bringing an end to this reign of terror, the people of Majola will finally be able to live in peace and security. The SAPS deployment of tactical units, additional detectives, and a request for the SANDF to support them in the area, demonstrates a commitment to the safety and security of the affected villagers.
Promising Start to Restoring Stability and Peace
The integrated service delivery approach is a promising start to restoring stability and peace to the area, but continued efforts will be necessary to ensure that the community can thrive and rebuild.