SACP members angered by ANC visit to Inchanga

2016-02-04 16:48
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Durban – An attempt to show solidarity between the SACP and the ANC in Inchanga, KwaZulu-Natal, has angered local SACP members who called for provincial leadership to leave.

The ANC and SACP senior leadership on Thursday visited the homes of two people who were killed during an SACP community meeting on January 24 at the Kwadokeni Sports Grounds.

By Thursday afternoon, ANC officials had not responded to claims that the five men arrested for the shooting were in fact ANC branch executive committee members in Inchanga. This was despite numerous attempts by News24 to contact senior ANC officials.

While KwaZulu-Natal ANC leader Sihle Zikalala and SACP general secretary Themba Mthembu were addressing media on Thursday morning, a number of Inchanga SACP members gathered outside the home of slain SACP member Phillip Dlamini, calling for Zikalala to leave the area.

"Sihle must go. We do not want him here," one woman said.

Reacting to the calls from locals, Mthembu said: "There will always be murmurs of negativity. But we are here to provide leadership. We strongly believe everything is under control. We will be able to handle the situation."

According to Zikalala, the two political powerhouses visited Inchanga to show support for the families of the shooting victims and also to begin a process to "normalise this situation".

He, however, conceded that there were tensions between the SACP and the ANC.

"There are serious tensions in the branch. However, we believe that by providing leadership, we will be able to mediate stability and unite the people. We know that if this situation is left unattended, it will not be good."

When asked about the ANC Youth League's call for Mthembu to step down, Zikalala said: "That statement should not have been issued. We will deal with it internally."

Asked to react over ANC members being arrested for the shooting, Zikalala said the law needed to take its course.

"The law must take its course. The ANC principle is clear. Let’s allow the matter to be investigated. The police must investigate the root cause and take action."

The five men arrested - Bafanyana Maxwell Shange, 42, Zamokwakhe Shozi, 38, Buka Shozi 44, Nhlanhla Majola, 44, Mabhunu Madondo, 36 - were all remanded in custody on Wednesday and would appear in court again on February 10.

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