NFP calls on cops to join peace talks

2011-09-21 00:00

THE National Freedom Party has called on senior KwaZulu-Natal police officers and officials in the KZN Department of Community Safety and Liaison to join peace talks between it and the Inkatha Freedom Party as killings of the parties’ members continue.

The NFP and the IFP started peace talks proposed by IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi after an upsurge in assassinations involving supporters of both parties.

In a statement yesterday NFP spokesperson Zanele Cele said killings and attacks on NFP supporters are continuing unabated following the murder of the NFP-aligned Induna Sipho Mtshali at Vosloorus hostel in Gauteng and an attack on an NFP supporter, Nkosi Ngwabe, at Unit 17 hostel in Umlazi at the weekend.

“Mtshali (51), was gunned down by unknown assailants while he was on his way home from a meeting at the hostel hall on Sunday evening,” Cele said.

“He was organising for the NFP’s Heritage Day celebration scheduled to take place on September 24. Ngwabe sustained a bullet wound in his hand after being shot when closing a window in his hostel room.

“The motive for both attacks is unknown, but the NFP suspects that this is the continuation of systematic attacks aimed at instilling fear among its supporters.”

Cele appealed for police and senior departmental officials to be part of the NFP-IFP peace talks to ensure that party members’ lives were saved while the talks were going on.

Kwanele Ncalane, a spokesperson for the MEC for Community Safety and Liaison, Willies Mchunu, said that in KZN there is a multi-party oversight committee chaired by Mchunu that resolves conflicts between political parties in the province. The two parties are represented on the committee.

“Senior police and department officials are part of that committee.

“Although we encourage parties to resolve their conflict at party-to-party level, they are free to request anybody from outside to play a role in their talks.

“We request the NFP to send their proposal through that forum.”

Ncalane said the forum has issued a request to leaders of political parties not to issue statements declaring the killing of their supporters politically motivated before an investigation has been undertaken to determine this.

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