IFP member shot dead outside court

The shooting of an IFP member has illustrated the extent of political tensions between the IFP and NFP.

Police tape closes off a crime scene. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A brazen shooting outside a KwaZulu-Natal court has illustrated the extent of political tensions between rivals the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and breakaway National Freedom Party (NFP).

IFP member Siya Dlamini was killed on Monday, allegedly by an NFP member, in full view of a news camera at the Ntuzuma Magistrate's Court in the north of Durban.

It followed the court appearance of four men arrested in connection with the shooting of an IFP supporter at Durban's KwaMashu hostels just over a week ago.

The latest shooting comes as NFP leader Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi has called for the deployment of soldiers to KwaMashu hostels, pleading with her supporters to remain calm.

IFP councillor Mdu Nkosi said he was busy with an interview outside court when shots were fired at one of his colleagues.

Nkosi claims the gunman is a member of the NFP.

Police have confirmed they have arrested a man in connection with yesterday's shooting.

Spokesperson Jay Naicker said police had their hands full controlling the supporters of several political parties outside the courthouse.

Police believe a suspect shot Dlamini dead during a scuffle between the two rival parties.

Meanwhile, three of the four men who appeared in court in connection with the murder of an IFP number are expected to apply for bail on Wednesday.

The fourth suspect is due to apply for bail on Thursday.

Yesterday's incident was the latest in a series of political attacks in the province. Several ANC leaders have been gunned down in recent months.