Umvoti: IFP attacked me — councillor

2011-05-16 00:00

TENSIONS were runnng high in political hot-spot Umvoti (Greytown) when ANC councillor Ahmed Shaikh alleged he was attacked by Inkatha Freedom Party supporters yesterday.

Shaikh said this was the second incident and that on Thursday he was prevented from entering a municipal function by IFP supporters because he had ANC regalia on his car. “Seeing a large number of IFP supporters I tried to tell them that the municipal building could not be used for a party political gathering. I was attacked and my vehicle damaged,” he said.

Shaikh added that it was only later that he learnt from the mayor that the function being held was a cultural event organised by the municipality. “As a councilor, I should have been allowed to enter and participate and not be attacked. I have reported this to the police and the IEC,” said Shaikh.

In Vryheid the ANC reported that its members had been attacked with two members having to be admitted to hospital.

National Police Commissioner, General Bheki Cele visited various political hot-spots in the province on Friday to put final contingency plans in place. He confirmed that 20 000 police officers will be deployed in KZN.

Brigadier Phindile Radebe identified political hot-spots as being Nongoma, Greytown, Estcourt and KwaDukuza. She said that there is also a reserve team in waiting should back-up be required in any of the areas.

 

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