IFP members in Wembezi on the edge

2014-05-23 00:00

THE fatal shooting in Wembezi C-Section on Tuesday night of ANC members Nombuso Mabaso and Musawenkosi Nkosi has left the IFP wondering how safe their members are.

Mase Mbhele, also shot in the attack, remains in a critical condition in hospital.

IFP constituency chairperson Mthembeni Majola said in the wake of such a shooting, they feared they could be next in line to be targeted.

He alleged that those who were arrested have close ties to Umtshezi deputy mayor Bhekithemba Dlamini of the NFP.

Majola said one of the men arrested was Dlamini’s brother-in-law while another was once his bodyguard.

“We know that the NFP is trying to force people to support them in preparing for the 2016 local government elections,” said Majola.

He alleged that Dlamini made statements that he was going to slaughter two cows in celebration of his brothers being freed from prison in connection with political killings in the area.

Dlamini in turn said Majola wants to score cheap political points.

He denied the allegations levelled against him, saying none of the suspects arrested had ever been his bodyguard but then acknowledged that his brother-in-law was one of those arrested.

“But I cannot take responsibility for what my brother-in-law does,” said Dlamini.

He said in the meeting he said they were going to slaughter cows to celebrate winning the ward from the IFP and ANC during the elections.

He said there was a protest yesterday in Wembezi C-Section but police dispersed the crowd for conducting an illegal march.

Police provincial spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said the suspects arrested in connection with the shooting would appear in the Estcourt Magistrate’s Court today.

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