INCHANGA – Tensions have flared up in Inchanga, KwaZulu-Natal as violent protests have resulted in two murders, houses being burnt and roads being barricaded.
It’s believed the violence is being fueled by factional battles between the ANC and SACP. On Monday ANC supporter Xolani Ngcobo was stoned and shot by an angry mob in front of his family.
“What was painful to me to was to see that they even stoned him,” Ngcobo’s brother, Mfundu Ngcobo said.
Ngcobo’s murder followed the gunning down on Sunday of Nontsikelelo Blose, the SACP Secretary in Inchanga.
She was due to testify for the state after witnessing the murder of two SACP members in January.
The stand-off began over the ANC candidate list in the run up to the local elections.
The communist party, unhappy that Malombo Nxumalo, the cousin of outgoing eThekwini mayor James Nxumalo, failed to make the ANC’s list. The SACP supported him as an independent, and he won the ward.
A meeting of both parties will attempt to find ways to stop the violence.
KZN MEC for community safety, Mxolisi Kuanda explained, “We will be as inclusive as we can in terms of stakeholders who will be participating in the meeting”
Since January five people have died in Inchanga in suspected politically motivated violence.