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.