President and founder of the NFP, Zanele Magwaza-Msibi. Picture: JOHN ROBINSON
Tensions between the Inkatha Freedom Party and its breakaway child, the National Freedom Party (NFP), have re-emerged after the killing of two NFP members at Msinga this week.
While the NFP insists the murders of branch chairperson Bongani Shelembe and youth general-secretary Lunga Zuma were political assassinations, the IFP which, given the history of the two parties, could easily be blamed, has dismissed this claim.
IFP leader in the legislature Blessed Gwala said denied that the killings were politically motivated. "It is very unfair of the NFP to believe that any of its members who happened to be killed would automatically become a victim of political assassination.
"We call on the NFP to provide evidence to prove beyond reasonable doubt in the court of law that these incidents are politically motivated. The IFP is also urging the NFP to refrain from perpetuating violence based on false findings," said Gwala.
"If it is true that the killings are politically motivated, the NFP must report the matter to the police in order for the culprits to be arrested and charged. We sympathise with the bereaved families and wish those who have been hospitalised a speedy recovery."
The NFP was formed by former IFP chairperson Zanele Magwaza-Msibi just before the last national elections. The party was born when the political relationship between Msibi and IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi soured in 2009.