KZN police probe VZ’s security after IFP pulls minders

2010-12-10 00:00

THE office of the KwaZulu-Natal commissioner of police, Lieutenant-General Mammunye Ngobeni, is conducting an analysis of the security arrangements for the Inkatha Freedom Party national chairperson, Zanele Magwaza-Msibi.

This comes amid allegations of a recent attempt on her life and the withdrawal of four bodyguards assigned to her by the party.

Magwaza-Msibi allegedly had to take cover behind her armed bodyguards and police after a group of armed IFP supporters stormed the venue of a public gathering she was supposed to address at eNseleni Sports Ground near Empangeni last Sunday.

Shots were fired and five people were seriously injured.

Magwaza-Msibi appealed to Ngobeni to assess her security situation and asked for her security detail to be beefed up.

On Wednesday the IFP barred her from public engagements and withdrew the four bodyguards assigned to her as one of its top office bearers.

Brigadier Phindile Radebe of the SA Police Force in KZN told The Witness yesterday the provincial commissioner is still assessing the threat to Magwaza-Msibi and that when the analysis is complete, “necessary interventions will be made to ensure her safety”.

IFP national organiser Albert Mncwango said Magwaza-Msibi’s body­guards were withdrawn because of her ongoing legal battle with the IFP, leadership and because she has been asked not to attend IFP-related public engagements.

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