Poll violence: MEC downplays fears

2013-05-17 00:00

TRANSPORT, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu has dispelled fears that political violence will erupt in the run-up to next year’s general election.

­Mchunu told members of the community safety and liaison portfolio committee in the KZN Legislature on Wednesday that only Estcourt/Imbabazane and the kwaMashu Hostel, north of Durban, were of concern, and he was satisfied the police were handling the situation.

The two areas have experienced increased tensions. The Witness yesterday quoted ANC leaders in the province expressing fears that there are attempts to do away with the ANC in the Estcourt area. This follows several shootings, including of councillors and members of the ANC.

The ANC accuses the National Freedom Party of being behind the shootings in Estcourt.“There is a power struggle within the Imbabazane Municipality brought about by internal problems within the NFP,” said Mchunu. — WR.

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