(Khanyisani Dlomo968, News24 user)
Durban - The African National Congress has condemned the
parading of a coffin in its colours at the National Freedom Party's 2014
election manifesto launch.
"The ANC condemns with the strongest terms the parading
of the coffin with ANC colours during the NFP gathering on Sunday at Curries
Fountain Stadium," ANC KwaZulu-Natal secretary Sihle Zikalala said on
Thousands of people attended the launch of the party's
manifesto in Durban on Sunday.
Before party leader Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi addressed the
party faithful, a coffin in black, green and gold was lifted above the heads of
At one stage an NFP supporter climbed onto the coffin being
held aloft and rode it as if in a rodeo, miming with his fingers that he was
shooting into the air.
Almost all the newspapers in the province on Monday carried
pictures of the coffin amid the sea of orange NFP shirts.
However, Zikalala said the parading of the coffin was akin
to the launch of the United Workers' Union of SA in 1986, which was aligned
with the Inkatha Freedom Party.
"In 1986, in the same stadium during the launch of
Uwusa, similar behaviour was displayed and that was followed by a bloodbath in
the province. The display of the coffin tells us that the NFP may have defected
from the IFP but some bad behaviour, which characterised the IFP for sometime,
is still prevalent in the NFP."
He said acts of violence and political intolerance were
He said the party also condemned the recent killing of an
NFP member in KwaMashu.
A woman, believed to be an NFP supporter, was shot dead at
Durban's KwaMashu Hostel on Monday.