Poll shooting: IFP members demand man’s release

2014-05-20 00:00

MORE than 400 Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) members protested outside the KwaDukuza Magistrate’s Court yesterday demanding the release of murder accused Dumisani Nxumalo.

ANC members also protested, opposing the demands of the IFP.

A heavy police presence outside the court separated protesting parties in efforts to maintain order.

Nxumalo (28), a member of the IFP, was arrested in Pongola on Thursday, May 8, a day after ANC volunteer Thandi “Nuh” Mhlongo was shot and killed outside an ANC information desk in Lindelani, KwaDukuza.

He appeared briefly in the KwaDukuza Magistrate’s Court before the case was moved to the Durban Regional Court for a bail application.

According to IFP Youth League member Ben Masondo, Nxumalo was wrongly arrested.

“We demand his release because he did not kill the ANC volunteer. The police and the ANC know this but the law is being flouted. We know that an ANC member was involved in the shooting and this innocent man is taking the fall. It is not constitutional and we do not accept it. He must be released and the true killer must be brought to book.”

KwaDukuza mayor Ricardo Mthembu, who was present at the court, said they had arranged transport for ANC members to be taken to Durban to support the “cause of justice”.

He urged the community to exercise restraint while justice takes its course.

More than 5 000 ANC supporters, including Police Minister Nathi Mthetwa and ANC NEC member Bheki Cele, attended Mhlongo’s funeral on Saturday.

Mthethwa said the provincial police task police will go deeper with their investigation to determine the conduct of police who were at the Lindelani voting station where Mhlongo was killed.

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