IFP, NFP blame each other for court killing

Both the IFP and NFP say their members are not violent following a killing outside a Durban court.

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DURBAN - Both the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and the National Freedom Party (NFP) are blaming each other for the fatal shooting outside the Ntuzuma Magistrate's Court, north of Durban, on Monday.

IFP supporter Siya Dlamini was shot in full view of the police and television cameras outside the court after the appearance of three men for another shooting earlier in October.

An NFP councilor in the Ethekwini Municipality, Mzonjani Zulu, was arrested and had his pistol seized after he shot Dlamini.

Zulu is expected to appear in court on Wednesday.

NFP general secretary Nhlanhla Khubisa said Dlamini provoked Zulu by pulling out a spear.

"It is wrong to shoot anyone but at the same time, we were told that there were people carrying spears and threatening everybody, including women."

IFP spokesperson Albert Mncwango denied Dlamini brandished a weapon.

"I am not sure whether it is true that our members played a big role in this. I think they are victims."