Izinduna leaders in the province say they were not informed beforehand about a unit being formed to work on the heinous killings of traditional leaders in the province.
The Community Safety Intervention Unit (CSIU) was formed this week to address challenges related to the safety and security of traditional leaders in the province.
However, leaders of the regiments and Izinduna in the province said they have never been consulted by provincial government on matters related to their safety and security.
Chairperson of Ubumbano lweziNduna, Falendoda Malinga said the KZN government has failed to deal with the challenges facing Amakhosi and Izinduna.
Malinga said Izinduna have always been vocal about the manner in which provincial leaders have handled the issue of the killings of traditional leaders.
“We are of the view that traditional leaders at various levels should have been consulted on this matter.
“However, we would accept any interventions made by the government to end the killing of Amakhosi and Izinduna in the province.
“We have noted with concern that Cogta has failed to engage with the survivors and families of the traditional leaders at [a] grassroots levels. Families have not been updated on the progress made by the police,” Malinga said.
Regiment leaders have also expressed dissatisfaction in the way government has handled the matter of the killings.
One of the leaders, Muzi Nyandeni in Nongoma told The Witness that regiments and their leaders have not been updated on the progress made in relation to the crimes committed against traditional leaders.
Early this week, the KZN provincial executive council approved a decision by the Department of Community Safety and Liaison to establish the unit.
It will devise strategic plans and work with police to deal with specific challenges related to the security of traditional leaders, as well as other safety challenges facing the province.
The committee convened its first ordinary meeting for the year on Wednesday.
In recent months, the province has seen a sharp increase in physical attacks on Amakhosi and Izinduna.
The unit will conduct security analysis related to any incident, threat or instability; engage law-enforcement to facilitate appropriate deployment and investigation, and conduct analysis of underlying causes in the environment.
The will also formulate intervention approaches; review the security situation on an ongoing basis and facilitate remedial and adjusted measures where necessary.
The unit is expected to play a significant role in complementing the work of the police and in bringing peace and guaranteeing the safety of citizens.