Zuma Calls for Tolerance as ANC MP, Two Women Wounded after Zululand Rally

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Zuma Calls for Tolerance as ANC MP, Two Women Wounded after Zululand Rally


BYLINE: SIPHO KHUMALO, Political

Bureau and SAPA

AN ANC MP and two other people have been wounded in an apparent ambush following a rally at which IFP and ANC supporters clashed, leading to the calling in of the defence force, in northern Zululand.

Major ANC and IFP rallies were held within kilometres of each other yesterday, amid tension sparked by the killing of a KwaZulu-Natal ANC office-bearer, the wounding of another and the murder of a traditional leader in the past two weeks.

Prince Zeblon Zulu, a member of the Zulu royal house, was wounded in the hand when a gunman fired at his car as he was driving away from the ANC rally near Nongoma, police spokesperson Phindile Hadebe said.

Two women in the car following Zulu's were also wounded, one of them critically. She was flown to a Durban hospital, Hadebe said.

The shooting took place after defence force reinforcements had been called in for the hundreds of police deployed in the area.

Earlier, four people were injured when IFP members tried to blockade the road from Ulundi to Nongoma and stoned vehicles taking ANC supporters to their rally.

The IFP supporters fought pitched battles with the police, who used stun grenades and pepper spray to disperse them.

The province's MEC for Safety and Security, Bheki Cele, ordered that the police clear the blockade. Cele said he had been called to intervene.

He said hundreds of police officers had been deployed to avert confrontation between IFP and ANC supporters.

A short while later, as two army helicopters and four army vehicles stood by, ANC leader Jacob Zuma spoke to thousands of supporters at KwaSeme village, outside Nongoma, and called for political tolerance in KwaZulu-Natal. …

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