EFF's assassination plot allegation is dangerous politicking, says IFP

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EFF says it will ensure the safety of its secretary-general Marshall Dlamini in its allegation of an assassination plot by the IFP. Photo: Adrian de Kock/ Netwerk24
EFF says it will ensure the safety of its secretary-general Marshall Dlamini in its allegation of an assassination plot by the IFP. Photo: Adrian de Kock/ Netwerk24


The IFP has described the EFF's allegations of an assassination plot against the Red Berets' secretary-general, Marshall Dlamini, as being "inflammatory and dangerous politicking".

"This is classical historical ANC playbook stuff: false narratives, victimhood, and wherein they bring the security forces on-side and then accuse third parties of doing what they themselves are about to do," the IFP said in a statement released on Tuesday afternoon by its national spokesperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa.

This comes at the back of the EFF's statement, which was released earlier on the same day, saying that the SA Police Service (SAPS) had notified the party about an alleged plot by "IFP senior leaders to assassinate" Dlamini.

The EFF said: 

The reliable intelligence reports illustrate that senior leaders of the IFP believe that our secretary-general is solely responsible for the decision we took to initiate and support motions of no confidence against IFP mayors in several municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal.

This was after EFF leader Julius Malema announced that the party would cut ties with the IFP due to its "arrogant and entitled posture".

In its statement, the party went on to state that it condemned the use of violence to settle political differences, adding that it would do all that was in its power to ensure Dlamini's safety, and called for the police to institute an investigation into the alleged plot.

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Meanwhile, Hlengwa said the IFP too needed "Police Minister Bheki Cele and the State Security Agency to clarify this allegation" made by the EFF.

Hlengwa uttered:

They [EFF] have produced nothing whatsoever to back this serious claim, which the IFP now demands to be investigated by the SAPS. If SAPS genuinely knew of an assassination plot and knew who was plotting it, they would have made arrests.

He went on to accuse the EFF of making these "unfounded and extremely dangerous accusations against the IFP," as a result of the Red Berets' political stunt of removing themselves from co-governance with the IFP having not yielded the results they had hoped for. 

He said: "They believed they could force the IFP into a position to hand over municipalities, but the IFP was unwilling to betray the trust of the communities that voted for us." 

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