President Cyril Ramaphosa says he has prioritised the current political killings in KwaZulu-Natal with the aim of ensuring that action is taken against those implicated.

Ramaphosa was speaking on the sidelines of the South African Communist Party (SACP)’s 14th Congress Central Committee currently under way in Braamfontein.

The President addressed the SACP’s central committee meeting behind closed doors. Both Cosatu and the SACP have also called for swift action.

The ANC president continues his campaign to interact with alliance partners. The alliance was riddled with divisions in the build-up to the ANC’s national elective conference at NASREC last year. This led to the communist party deciding whether or not to contest the national elections.

As the country continues to grapple with political killings in the KwaZulu-Natal province, President Cyril Ramaphosa now says teams in the Police Ministry will be set up in order to deal with the situation head-on.

A number of political leaders in both the African National Congress and Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) have been largely affected by this spate of violence.

Ramaphosa says the killings are a matter of great concern and need to be addressed.

The SACP says it wants swift action while Cosatu called on the ANC to address internal party conflicts.

Ramaphosa saddened by Cape Town fire death toll

Meanwhile the President says he is saddened by the death of five boys in a fire at the Masiya informal settlement in Philippi, near Cape Town.

“This tragedy touches and affects all of us as South Africans, especially as we mark Youth Month during which our nation’s attention is focused on creating a better life for young people.

“Since 1994, government has made significant strides in the development of human settlements but tragedies such as this remind all of us of the hard work yet to be done to ensure that there is housing, security and comfort for all South Africans.”

In a statement Ramaphosa says he extends his prayers and thoughts – and those of government and all South Africans to the bereaved families. Ramaphosa says government will do its best to assist the affected families in the Masiya informal settlement.