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Police fire rubber bullets at ANC supporters

Police have fired rubber bullets at a group of African National Congress (ANC) supporters who are attempting to disrupt the Economic Freedom Fighter’s (EFF) campaign in KwaZulu-Natal.

A serious standoff erupted between members of the EFF and the ANC at Esikhaleni near Richards Bay where the two groups have gathered for the local government election campaign.

Police are struggling to calm the two groups who are singing struggle songs and are pelting stones at each other.

EFF leader Julius Malema is trying to address his members but his voice is drowned out by the chaotic sounds. There have also been reportedly sounds of gunfire.

The situation is tense.

Meanwhile, the chairperson of the ANC Musa Dladla Region, Nonhle Mkhulisi has rejected claims that they are there to disrupt the EFF gathering.

She says they have gathered there to protect the ANC monuments of their members who were killed during the political violence of the 1980’s.

– By SABC

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