Lusikisiki - President Jacob Zuma has "made an undertaking" to the community of Lusikisiki and surrounding areas in the Eastern Cape that government at all three levels will intensify the delivery of basic services to the people and also ensure decisive action against crime, the presidency said on Saturday.
Zuma paid a "Siyahlola presidential monitoring visit" to Lusikisiki on Saturday, the presidency said in a statement.
Zuma began his visit by taking a guided tour of the new Lusikisiki police station.
"We believe that this new police station will make a significant contribution to our fight to reduce crime in this community and defeat the scourge, particularly of gangsterism, in the form of 'Amavondo', about which I have received a number of complaints," he said.
Zuma then proceeded to the community engagement part of his visit where community members voiced their grievances and also provided suggestions.
They said government needed to address the root causes of crime and gangsterism, which were unemployment and the delivery of essential services to the community.
They especially appealed for help to promote investments in factories and industry in the area.
The community also asked for the improvement of the R61 road, the presidency said. The ministers of police, justice, and social development, as well as the premier and provincial and local government leaders undertook to attend to all the issues raised by the community and directed them to begin by accessing the mobile services that they had brought to the community engagement.
Other community members also voiced their problems with the various government departments represented at the visit.
Zuma concluded the programme by undertaking to ensure that all the levels of government he brought to Lusikisiki worked speedily together to address all the challenges of the community", the presidency said.