Seventeen in court over Umlazi violence

2012-02-28 07:23

Seventeen men were expected to appear in the Umlazi Magistrates Court today for public violence in Umlazi’s T Section at the weekend, KwaZulu-Natal police said.

Two firearms were recovered at the time of their arrest and would be sent for ballistics tests, said Colonel Jay Naicker.

It was reported that the clashes were between members of the Inkatha Freedom Party and its breakaway party, the National Freedom Party.

Two people died in the violence: Nicholas Ngcobo was shot dead and Margaret Mthethwa had a heart attack when she saw her neighbour’s house torched.

About 10 cars and houses were damaged.

“At this stage these men will be charged with public violence and more charges could be added as the investigation continues,” said Naicker.

More arrests were expected as people were coming forward with the names of people they alleged had been involved in the violence.

“Members of the public order policing unit, tactical response team and national intervention unit have been deployed at the hostel to assist local police.”

The situation in the area remained “relatively calm”.

Political leaders including IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi and ANC provincial chairperson Dr Zweli Mkhize condemned the violence.

Buthelezi visited the area on Sunday.

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