People killing for positions in KZN - IFP president

2016-06-10 17:44
IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi in Umlazi. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi in Umlazi. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Durban – IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi is saddened by people jostling for positions for the elections, to the extent of killing one another.

“It’s very tragic and frightening that there is so much violence, and we wonder if this is going to be the permanent feature of our campaign,” he told reporters during his election campaign in Umlazi on Friday.

About 10 people had reportedly been killed recently. Local government elections would be held on August 3.

On Wednesday night, two elderly women were shot shortly after leaving an ANC branch meeting in Pietermaritzburg. One woman died at the scene. The other was believed to be fighting for her life in hospital.

The Inkatha Freedom Party said none of its councillors or members had been killed so far. Buthelezi said the killings, regardless of which party the affected, were a concern.  

He said KwaZulu-Natal had a history of political violence and it would be regrettable if it relieved its past.

“There is a lot of violence and it worries me because the violence seems to be something that comes from intra-fights between people in the same party. 

“People are jostling for councillor positions to the extent that people feel like killing other human beings, just for the sake that they want to be councillors. It is a very sad state of affairs,” Buthelezi said.

Read more on:    ifp  |  mangosuthu buthelezi  |  durban  |  local elections 2016

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