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KZN ANC campaigners injured following attacks

24 Mar 2019, 23:40 GMT+10

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal is calling on law enforcement agencies to "act speedily" after IFP members allegedly assaulted its members who were campaigning in the province on Sunday.

The party in the province alleges that members of the IFP "badly injured" members of the ANC who were campaigning in the Lindelani area at KwaDukuza, north of Durban.

"We strongly condemn such barbaric behaviour against our members, who were campaigning peacefully when they were brutally attacked.

"As we speak, three ANC volunteers are being rushed to hospital in an ambulance while two others are being treated on the scene. We call on all law enforcement agencies to act speedily and arrest these thugs that threaten the democracy of our country by their acts of violence ahead of elections", said provincial spokesperson, Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu.

The party has also demanded action from the IEC, "as the IFP is clearly in breach of the elections code of conduct as signed by all political parties on Tuesday 19 March 2019, which said code of conduct, allows all political parties the right to campaign freely without being threatened".

Police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele confirmed the assault to Times Live, adding that the volunteers have been taken to hospital for medical attention.

However, IFP told the SABC that their members were provoked by the ANC members, while also denouncing the violence.

"We have informed our members that even if they are provoked they must not fall into a trap, because it is common that a person provokes and when things do not go right for him or her he becomes the one who shouts that they have been attacked, yet he or she was the one who provoked the other," IFP's general secretary, Velenkosini Hlabisa, told the SABC.

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