The member of the executive council (MEC) for cooperative governance and traditional affairs in KwaZulu-Natal province on Thursday condemned as barbaric the burning to the ground of the department’s offices

The burning follows another attack on Tuesday when protesters threw what appeared to be a petrol bomb at the premises.

In a statement, the department said Thursday morning’s attack was believed to be related to the protest by informal settlement dwellers and land invaders angry over a government crackdown on lawlessness.

“We strongly condemn this heinous act which has undermined the foundation of our democracy which is rule of law,” MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube said.

“This is a direct sabotage of the state infrastructure which ends up having dire consequences on innocent residents who rely on government services such as the ones provided by our department. We are calling upon law enforcement agencies to leave no stone unturned in their pursuit of the perpetrators of this dastardly deed.”

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Unknown assailants on Thursday burned down the offices of the KwaZulu-Natal department of cooperative governance and traditional affairs (COGTA). PHOTOS: Supplied by KZN COGTA. (Image source: ANA Newswire)

The same offices were attacked by gunmen last November who removed several television screens and computers from the building and also hijacked an department employee’s vehicle although it was later recovered.

Unknown assailants on Thursday burned down the offices of the KwaZulu-Natal department of cooperative governance and traditional affairs (COGTA). PHOTOS: Supplied by KZN COGTA. (Image source: ANA Newswire)

 

Unknown assailants on Thursday burned down the offices of the KwaZulu-Natal department of cooperative governance and traditional affairs (COGTA). PHOTOS: Supplied by KZN COGTA. (Image source: ANA Newswire)

 

Unknown assailants on Thursday burned down the offices of the KwaZulu-Natal department of cooperative governance and traditional affairs (COGTA). PHOTOS: Supplied by KZN COGTA. (Image source: ANA Newswire)

Author: ANA Newswire