20 November 2012

South Africa: Provincial Government Must Protect Political Leaders Who Are Victims of Violence

press release

THE Inkatha Freedom Party in Kwa-Zulu Natal is calling on the Provincial government to implement an emergency protection strategy for all political victims of violence.

IFP’s request comes shortly after an IFP leader in KwaMashu was shot and killed last night and uMtshezi IFP Cllr Mthembeni Majola survived a hail of bullets on Sunday after he was attacked by three armed men while travelling with his driver and his son. Cllr Majola and his driver were both injured during the shooting.

“We are concerned by this rife viole nce aimed at IFP members. We cannot afford to lose any more lives. While we applaud the work of the SAPS, a clear strategy from the ruling party to protect political leaders who are victims of violence should be implemented,” said Hon. Blessed Gwala, Leader of the Official Opposition in the KZN Legislature and Shadow MEC for Community Safety and Liaison.

In a period of less than three months the IFP has lost more than five members due to the increasing political unrest in Ethekwini. The IFP is also concerned by MEC Willies Mchunu’s alleged utterances that he made during a sod turning ceremony of a Taxi rank in Ward 4 uMtshezi Municipality. The sod turning was purposely done in a wrong area which was Ward 8 where a By-Election was set to take place, instead of Ward 4 where the taxi rank is.

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