‘ANC being forced out of Estcourt’

2013-05-16 00:00

THERE is a plan to wipe out the ANC in the Estcourt area, the ruling party’s leadership has said, as a growing number of its members have been injured or assassinated.

Provincial ANC spokesperson Senzo Mkhize said at least 15 people, including councillors, had been killed or injured since the 2011 local government elections.

“The situation in that area is not right. Ordinary ANC members are being attacked, which shows there is a plan to remove the ANC in that area.”

A struggle between the National Freedom Party (NFP) and the ANC for control of the area is said to be at the heart of the killings.

Section C Township near Wembezi, where the increasingly acrimonious relations between the parties are playing out, is allegedly becoming a no-go area for ANC members.

Since last year at least four women said to be ANC members have been shot at, one fatally.

An ANC source said: “Some [NFP leaders] are simply not willing to let go of power and they want it in any way they can get it … They have made it clear they will be back in power.

“If you look at all the killings, NFP linked people have been arrested. We know that this is not going to stop until the ANC members are forced out of that township.”

Another source said the NFP and the ANC were struggling to co-exist in the township.

“The NFP members have made it clear they do not want the ANC here … From what we see, the situation is only going to get worse. What is sad is that they are now shooting women.”

Umtshezi Deputy Mayor and NFP leader Bhekithemba Dlamini said the party would not entertain the accusations, saying it considered the killings to be a criminal matter.

“People in the area are very unsettled because they do not know who will be attacked next.”

NFP provincial chairperson ­Vikizitha Mlotshwa said the ANC and the NFP needed to mend their broken relationship. “The ANC should stop claiming that the people killed are their people because that only makes the situation worse with revenge attacks,” Mlotshwa said.

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