1 shot as live ammunition, rubber bullets fired during ANC, IFP clash in Vryheid

2019-02-15 16:55
SA police. (Duncan Alfreds, News24, file)

SA police. (Duncan Alfreds, News24, file)

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One person was shot after live ammunition and rubber bullets were fired on Friday as two different blocs of protesters clashed in Vryheid, KwaZulu-Natal. 

The SA Police Service's Major Thulani Zwane said three people sustained injuries. "One had a gunshot wound and the other two had assault wounds."

All three were taken to a nearby hospital.

A case of public violence has been opened and one person has been arrested. 

According to Zwane, the clash left upturned dustbins and rubbish strewn across roads in the town, situated in the AbaQulusi Local Municipality.

"They blocked the road," said Zwane. 

About 1 000 people participated in the marches, he said. 

ANC spokesperson for the province, Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu, said one march was held to protest against indigent people not receiving municipal services they were entitled to.

"The IFP municipality is not providing the services that are required. People wanted a response," she said. 

Simelane-Zulu said the march was apolitical and led by the community as a whole - not just the party she represented. 

She alleged that a group of IFP supporters disrupted the march, injuring some people.

IFP spokesperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa said the opposite was true. 

He said the IFP had applied for, and was granted, permission for a march to the court house to drop a memorandum off which was related to the arrest of three ANC officials.

The Vryheid Herald reported that it was to "fast track" a court case involving three ANC officials.

The council is currently embroiled in a matter involving three senior ANC officials from the municipality who are accused of corruption-related crimes. READ: 3 ANC officials who allegedly offered DA councillor bribe out on bailThey were arrested last year by the Hawks after allegedly offering a Democratic Alliance councillor a R20 000 bribe and a job, reportedly to sway a vote of no confidence in the IFP council.

Hlengwa said the ANC, "under the guise of a community march", disrupted the IFP march. 

The region is close to politically sensitive towns Nkandla, Nongoma and Ulundi.

Hlengwa said the ANC was trying to bring IFP-run municipalities to their knees through such actions.

"We condemn this confrontation by the ANC," he said.

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