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IFP urges NFP to stop using it as pretext for violence

Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi has accused the National Freedom Party (NFP) of using his party as a pretext for violence.

This comes after a shop belonging to an IFP supporter was torched at Nongoma on Wednesday afternoon.

The NFP is accusing the IFP of being responsible for the NFP’s disqualification from participating in the elections.

NFP supporters have been protesting in northern KwaZulu-Natal since Monday after the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announced they wouldn’t contest the poll.

The NFP says its senior leaders have been bribed to sabotage their election plans.

That allegation has been rubbished by the IFP president.

The IFP says its members have been assaulted by NFP supporters in different parts of the province.

The incidents have been reported to the police and the IEC.

The NFP refutes the allegations.

The IFP wants an urgent meeting with ailing NFP leader Zanele Magwaza-Msibi.

Buthelezi says he is worried that the situation could spiral out of control.

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