NFP rally: ‘intimidation behind poor turnout’

2011-09-05 00:00

THE leader of the National Freedom Party, Zanele Magwaza-Msibi, blamed intimidation and political intolerance for poor attendance at a rally at the Rotary Stadium in KwaMashu Hostel outside Durban yesterday.

Only a small crowd of her supporters attended, despite the presence of police. Some told The Witness that certain Inkatha Freedom Party leaders threatened to “sort them out” after the rally.

Said a hostel resident who asked not to be identified, “When we left our places we had to wear jackets in order to hide NFP T-shirts underneath as certain IFP leaders had threatened to get us after the rally. Some of NFP supporters in the hostel no longer wear NFP T-shirts or anything orange as they are beaten up by the intolerant IFP supporters.”

KwaMashu hostel is one of the hot-spots of conflict between the NFP and IFP. Five suppor­ters from both parties were recently killed.

In her address Magwaza-Msibi vowed to continue visits to areas identified as conflict hot- spots. Told that certain IFP leaders have been arrested for the KwaMashu killings, she said, “After meeting with the provincial police commissioner to request them to expedite investigations, we are happy that there is progress. However, we are going to continue engaging with the IFP to find solutions to this political violence.”

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