The IFP has committed itself to a peace initiative started by Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini to end political violence in KwaZulu-Natal. The party was reacting to comments by NFP leader Zanele Magwaza-Msibi during the inaugural elective conference of the party's youth movement in Newcastle. She accused the IFP of resorting to violence in a bid to survive politically.
The IFP's Blessed Gwala says her comments were out of order. "KaMagwaza Msibi has a problem because the IFP has committed itself to peace. The IFP has lost a number of people, in fact we have lost 22 people in KwaMashu alone and that most people who have been killed in KwaMashu - her members have been arrested for the killing. So for her to speak in the way in which she speaks shows that she is out of order. "
Ten people have been killed in clashes between the two parties in recent weeks.
IFP member Siya Dlamini was shot dead outside the Ntuzuma Magistrate's Court in view of bystanders and police who had been deployed there because of the volatile political situation.
A week prior to that incident, IFP Ward 39 councillor Themba Xulu was abducted and killed in Mthunzini. His body was found in a sugarcane field in Inanda.
In another politically motivated killing, Cebisile Shezi, wearing an IFP t-shirt, was shot dead near the Thembalihle train station in KwaMashu while another woman was grazed in the face by a bullet. - Additional reporting by Sapa