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:
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.
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."