Political tensions rise in KZN

There have been more reports of political tension and violence in KwaZulu Natal over the past 24...

ANC members on their way to a rally in Nongoma in northern KZN. Picture: Narissa Subramoney/Eyewitness News

There have been more reports of political tension and violence in KwaZulu Natal over the past 24 hours.

African National Congress President Jacob Zuma and Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi met to discuss the tensions in the province on Friday night.

The province has in recent weeks been hit by several incidents apparently linked to political tension.

In a statement the IFP said one of its members was gunned down on Sunday in Empangeni.

The party was convinced the murder was politically motivated.

In a separate incident in Pongola, also on the north coast, an IFP member’s house was searched by the police’s dog unit.

This after an incident outside the house which was apparently sparked by an ANC rally.

The man and his brother were arrested in the raid.

The IFP has accused the ANC of provoking violent exchanges with its members on the ground while preaching political tolerance.

The ruling party also released a statement saying it condemned the culture of intolerance exhibited by IFP members.