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Two mass mur­ders — in Bisho, and on the Natal South Coast — to­gether with highly charged po­lit­i­cal lan­guage over the last week are stok­ing flammable re­la­tions be­tween the Inkatha Free­dom Party and the ANC.

In Natal, protests against Ciskei killings have fo­cused on KwaZulu and its chief min­is­ter, Man­go­suthu Buthelezi, as well as on Ciskei leader Bri­gadier Oupa Gqozo. ANC of­fi­cials and protesters link them con­sis­tently, urg­ing that the “Butch­ers of Ulundi and Bisho” must go.

This is only one ex­am­ple of ag­gra­vat­ing ten­sions.

Buthelezi’s widely con­demned re­marks last week­end that the ANC should be “bug­gered up” by Inkatha was fur­ther ev­i­dence that, in the war of words be­tween the two sides, no holds now seem barred.

Al­though no one is say­ing so openly, both the ANC and Inkatha seem to be re­con­sid­er­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Na­tional Peace Ac­cord.

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