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Memorial service for political violence victims postponed

The situation remains tense in Inchanga following the murders of ANC & SACP members.

FILE: SACP supporters. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A joint memorial service for two people who were killed in political violence in Inchanga has been postponed as the situation remains tense.

On Monday, African National Congress (ANC) supporter Xolani Ngcobo was stoned and shot by an angry mob in front of his family.

His murder follows the killing of the South African Communist Party (SACP)'s local secretary Nontsikelelo Blose the previous day.

It's believed the violence was fuelled by factions between the ANC and its tripartite alliance partner, the SACP.

The provincial government is currently meeting with both parties and the police in order to stabilise the area.

Community safety's Sipho Khumalo says, "We needed to have a deeper and more intense engagement with the people with a view of bringing about lasting peace in the area. As a result, we decided to postpone the joint memorial service that was planned for today."