IFP accuses Mokonyane of ‘stirring tensions’

2011-07-05 12:30

The IFP has accused Gauteng Premier and ANC NEC member, Nomvula Mokonyane, of stirring up tensions between the ANC and IFP.

The Gauteng premier had called the IFP “a dead snake”, according to the IFP’s national organiser, Albert Mncwango.

“This kind of hate speech can only stir tensions,” said Mncwango. Mokonyane was speaking during an ANC rally in Umlazi T-Section which was allegedly disrupted by IFP members on Sunday.

Three men were arrested on Sunday and they were released on bail yesterday. They will appear in court again on July 28 on charges of public violence and discharging a firearm.

Mncwango said the police’s actions were to blame for the eruption of tensions between IFP and ANC supporters on Sunday.

“We have received reports that the police launched an unprovoked attack on IFP supporters. Our members were injured in full view of the Independent Complaints Directorate.”

He said his party would seek answers from national police commissioner General Bheki Cele to find out why IFP supporters were subjected to police brutality.

“Although we condemn violence of any kind, it is understandable that some IFP supporters became agitated during Sunday’s gathering. We call on our members to remain disciplined. But we also call on the ANC to stop their inflammatory hate speech,” said Mncwango.

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