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At least 572 traditional leaders in KwaZulu-Natal have been trained to help amakhosi fight the scourge of crime in the province.
This was revealed by outgoing Premier Sbu Ndebele during his last state of the province address in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday.
He said during 2008, 1 100 Social Crime Prevention Volunteers, including 572 traditional leaders, were trained and deployed in different communities in the province.
"Crime is a scourgethat continues to bedevil our communities. The murder of inkosi Mbongeleni Zondi and others is a case in point. Our people live in fear of criminals. While most citizens are working hard towards building a peaceful and prosperous KwaZulu-Natal, criminals, who are a minority, are spending their time planning the destruction of lives and property," he said.
Ndebele said he was confident that the tide against crime will be turned.
"Our province boasted the lowest festive season crime results over the December 2008 to January 2009 period."