KZN prepares for more political violence

KwaZulu Natal Safety MEC Bheki Cele said police in the province were gearing up for more political...

A South African soldier . Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

KwaZulu Natal Safety MEC Bheki Cele said police in the province were gearing up for more political violence in the run-up to elections, adding that he would not hesitate to call in the army.

Defence Minister Charles Nqakula pledged to deploy the army to hotspots after reports surfaced of several incidents in Nongoma in KwaZulu Natal at the weekend.

The African National Congress claimed that several of its buses were stoned after a rally in the area on Sunday.<?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

A senior ANC member’s car was ambushed while he and two other family members were shot.

“Yesterday the army was on the scene. It came with two helicopters,” said Cele.

As officials focus on the conflict on the ground, Cele and the Inkatha Freedom Party’s Zelaphi Ndlovu exchanged angry words and pointed fingers.

“The people must not provoke innocent people and shoot at them when they are going to their own rallies and doing whatever they want and we condemn the violence where ever it’s taking place,” said Ndlovu.

Cele is taking legal action against the IFP after Ndlovu accused him of provoking party members on Sunday by waving a gun at them.