War of words between IFP, ANC

2010-11-25 00:00

A WAR of words has broken out between the ANC and the IFP in KZN as campaigning for next year’s local government elections swings into gear.

The ANC claimed its members in the village of KwaPhindangene, outside Ulundi, had been victimised.

A statement from the provincial office said the members were to be hauled before a “kangaroo court” yesterday for aligning themselves with the ANC.

The IFP responded saying, “the ANC was back to its old tricks in KwaZulu-Natal, this time spreading lies that its members were being victimised in KwaPhindangene.”

A high-powered ANC provincial delegation, led by provincial executive committee member and chairperson of Community Safety and Liaison portfolio committee Bheki Ntuli and Transport Portfolio Committee chairperson Mxolisi Kaunda, accompanied the ANC members to the “court” hearing yesterday.

IFP national organiser Albert Mncwango said his party had taken note of the ANC’s latest “preposterous claim”.

According to Mncwango, the objection to the gathering was that it was held without consulting the local inkosi or induna in the area.

He said it was the traditional leaders who raised objections that these individuals held a public meeting in their area without informing them.

“Surely we should not have to teach the ANC basic protocol. As we all know, even a wedding is reported to the local authorities,” Mncwango said.

He added the ANC had jumped the gun and was fuelling tensions by making baseless claims.

Ntuli confirmed yesterday the gathering was not a “court” hearing, but a meeting on the issue of protocol.

He said the meeting ended amicably with an understanding that informing the local leadership was not a question of asking permission but a matter of courtesy.

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