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The police ministry is set to visit the conflict-stricken Kwa-Majola villages in Port St Johns which left over 50 homesteads and 97 houses burnt down.

Top police officials are expected to visit the Port St Johns villages amid a spate of crimes in the area.Police officials will conduct a stakeholder engagement to understand the conflict better.

Police Minister Bheki Cele is set to visit the conflict-stricken Kwa-Majola villages in Port St Johns, Eastern Cape on Sunday and Monday, after 50 homesteads and 97 houses were burnt down.Police say the villages have recently seen incidents of arson and murder which left both homesteads and houses gutted.

"The crimes also left scores of families, including children, destitute, without food and fearing for their lives," Minister Cele's spokesperson Lirandzu Themba said.Cele and General Masemola will visit the Port St Johns Hall on Sunday to conduct a closed ministerial stakeholder engagement with traditional and community leaders to better understand the conflict.

"On Monday, an engagement with affected communities of the villages and surrounds will take place, to promote and implement multi-pronged and long-lasting solutions to the crime situation in the area," Themba added., Majola Administrative Area.How safe is your neighbourhood? Find out by usingAccording to the Eastern Cape Department of Education, the shots were allegedly fired at the two pupils as they walked past the Majola Tea Plantation.

Themba said that several interventions have since been undertaken, including the establishment of a task team to conduct investigations into the deadly crimes against the people of Majola.In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month.

 

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