IFP points fingers at ANC after two of its members killed in KZN

2016-07-24 22:21
(Jenni Evans, News24)

Umtshezi – People wearing ANC t-shirts allegedly killed two Inkatha Freedom Party members in uMtshezi on Saturday the latter party alleged in a statement.

IFP national chairperson Blessed Gwala said the party called on the South African Police Service to urgently investigate the killing of Siyanda Mnguni and Thokozani Majola who were campaigning for the party

"We appeal to the law enforcement agencies to investigate this incident speedily and bring to book those responsible for it to set an example to those whose actions are directed against our democratic order in general and free and fair elections in particular.” Gwala said.

“These acts of killings do not only undermine the democratic right of voters but such acts are reversing the gains we have made in stabilising the province of KwaZulu-Natal,” he said. 

According to Gwala, Mnguni and Majola were shot point blank range.

He alleged, "One leader of a certain political party drove through IFP volunteers injuring one of them with his vehicle before speeding off. What makes us angry is that the police did not open the case of attempted murder and hit and run but they only open a case of reckless driving. This is ridiculous. Action must be taken against these police officers.” 

The party urged members of the party to remain calm and allow police to investigate.

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The province of has been rocked by political killings in the lead up to the August 3 local government elections. With 10 days to go until the elections, the death toll appears to be rising. 

Twelve ANC members have reportedly been killed, the IFP and the National Freedom Party has also had some of its members killed.

The provincial government announced recently that a process of establishing a commission of enquiry had begun. The national police minister Nathi Nhleko has also established a special task team to investigate the killings. 

Several killed

On Sunday the provincial government held a peace prayer at Glebelands hostel, in Umlazi where the residents reportedly signed a peace agreement to live in peace and harmony with one another. 

Several people have been killed in the hostel in what was believed to be politically motivated killings. 

“We must all support the Glebelands Peace Forum and all activities that are aimed at healing the wounds created over the past years of conflict in this hostel,” KZN premier Willies Mchunu said through his spokesperson, Ndabezinhle Sibiya.

 “As government we have endorsed the establishment of this Peace Forum because they have demonstrated willingness to pursue a common goal of creating an environment characterized by peace.”

Meanwhile the African National Congress Women's League [ANCWL] held a prayer service in Cape Town for the ANC Cape Town mayoral candidate and all women councillor candidates.

“The ANCWL is concerned with the lack of development in the lives of our people in Cape Town especially on issues relating to housing and human settlement,” ANCWL secretary general Meokgo Matuba said in a statement.

“The prayer seeks to facilitate a debate amongst communities, religious communities and the Human Settlement Officials in pursuit of finding solutions for the housing and sanitation challenges.”

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