2 dead as ANC, SACP ten­sions spill out onto the Dur­ban streets

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DUR­BAN — On­go­ing ten­sions be­tween mem­bers of the South African Com­mu­nist Party and African Na­tional Congress spilled out onto the streets of In­changa, out­side Dur­ban, yes­ter­day morn­ing.

The area is a po­lit­i­cal hotspot and is also home to out­go­ing eThek­wini Mayor James Nx­u­malo.

A 40-year-old woman, who was a well-known SACP mem­ber, was shot and killed on Sun­day af­ter­noon, al­legedly in full view of com­mu­nity mem­bers. It is al­leged that the woman was killed by a per­son aligned to the ANC.

In what was be­lieved to be a re­venge attack, a mem­ber of the ANC was shot and stoned to death yes­ter­day morn­ing, al­legedly by SACP mem­bers.

Both the vic­tims’ names are known to News24, but they have been with­held un­til the fam­i­lies have been no­ti­fied.

Po­lice are on high alert in the area after sev­eral houses were set alight and com­muters were left stranded as taxis and buses stopped op­er­at­ing after res­i­dents block­aded the roads with burn­ing tyres in protest of the killings.

In­changa’s Ward 4 was highly con­tested in the lead up to the 2016 lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions.

The ward was won by SACP aligned Malombo Nx­u­malo, an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date who is also a rel­a­tive of the out­go­ing mayor. A 28-year-old un­em­ployed woman liv­ing in Ward 4 told News24 that she was liv­ing in fear.

The woman, who has not been able to leave her house all morn­ing be­cause she was afraid, said: “The woman was shot in full view of other com­mu­nity mem­bers on Sun­day af­ter­noon. Peo­ple saw and know who shot her.”

The woman said the vic­tim was shot near the com­mu­nity clinic and later died in hospi­tal.

“Early this morn­ing [Mon­day] buses could not take peo­ple to work and taxis were not avail­able. Chil­dren did not go to school and peo­ple have not been able to go to work. Ap­par­ently sev­eral houses have been torched, but I am not sure be­cause I have not left the house. I am scared to leave the house,” she said.

Malombo Nx­u­malo, who was ex­pected to be in­au­gu­rated as a coun­cil­lor to­day, claimed that the woman was sched­uled to tes­tify in the mur­der case of Phillip Dlamini (69) who was killed dur­ing a public meet­ing at KwaN­dok­weni sports ground in In­changa ear­lier this year.

The killing of Dlamini, along with Bon­gani Hlatshwayo (38) deep­ened di­vi­sions be­tween the ANC and the SACP in the area, News24 re­ported then.

At the time, the lo­cal SACP pulled out of prepa­ra­tions for the lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions and called for a na­tional in­ter­ven­tion into the killings.

It was re­ported ear­lier that five men — Bafanyana Maxwell Shange (42), Zamok­wakhe Shozi (38), Buka Shozi (44), Nhlanhla Ma­jola (44) and Mab­hunu Madondo (36) — were ar­rested for the killings and were out on R10 000 bail each.

Malombo Nx­u­malo said yes­ter­day morn­ing res­i­dents block­aded roads and burnt houses in the Panekeni and Ediphini ar­eas.

“In the OR Tambo area, a known as­sas­sin was fir­ing shots in the air and some­one shot him and he was stoned to death. He died out­side his house.”

On the killing of the SACP mem­ber, Malombo Nx­u­malo al­leged that on Sun­day af­ter­noon, there was an al­ter­ca­tion be­tween a man and one of Mayor James Nx­u­malo’s body­guards in the Mnike area, and a shot was fired.

Malombo Nx­u­malo said it was not yet clear what the al­leged al­ter­ca­tion was about but feared that the killings would con­tinue. He pleaded for ur­gent po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ven­tion.

“The situation is in­tense, po­lice are mon­i­tor­ing the area. Peo­ple are liv­ing in fear; you never know what is go­ing to hap­pen when the sun sets.” — AFP

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