“Too easy to get a gun” – Dr. Luthuli

Youth from poor backgrounds are too easily tempted to turn to crime to make a living, due to the lack of education, employment and low salaries.

This, coupled with easy access to guns is the root cause of crime and violence in the Ilembe district as discussed at a regional dialogue recently held by the National Foundations Dialogue Initiative (NFDI) at Aldinville Primary School, Groutville.

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Doctor Albertina Luthuli questioned the high number of guns in the province and urged leaders to make sure there is peace in the societies they lead.

“How come we still have these guns around? Why is it so easy to get a gun? If we still have this situation, it will be very difficult to get peace,” said Luthuli.

Ntuthuko Khuzwayo from Maphamulo said he believes that political killings can be resolved if the youth are guided and have open doors to education.

“Our culture tells you that in KZN we were born as warriors and we enjoy to fight, but not to kill.

“Therefore, if the young people do not get the correct guidance on how they should use their energy and power, they will end up using it the wrong way,” said Khuzwayo.

He said it is a serious concern that shooting incidents usually involve a hitman from Maphumulo.

“This is because young people in rural areas find it hard to get education and very easy to get into the taxi industry where they can be used as hitmen.”

NFDI national chairperson Nonhle Canca said they want people to express the problems.

“This forum’s aim is for the ordinary people to voice their concerns and find solutions,” said Canca.

NFDI includes seven foundations: The Chief Albert Luthuli Foundation, Helen Suzman Foundation, Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, FW de Klerk Foundation and the Thabo Mbeki Foundation.

The dialogues will be hosted in different places around the country for the next three years, after which a document will be put together and presented to the leaders of SA.

This will be done to inform leaders about what the people really want in their country.

Inkatha Freedom Party president Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi praised the NFDI for hosting the dialogue.

“Any effort to initiate dialogue must be applauded. We need more platforms for honest and open dialogue that is motivated by a desire to create stability, unity, understanding, and tolerance,” said Buthelezi.

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