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10-year 'war' finally ends as two factions strike a deal for peace

By unknown | Sep 02, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

Warring factions in the Ezimambeni area in northern Zululand have struck a peace deal to end all conflict between the two groups.

The 10-year feud between the Machibini and Esiyembeni factions has claimed more than 14 lives.

The conflict reached boiling point in recent weeks. Residents were forced to flee their homes and spend the cold nights in nearby mountains.

The peace agreement was signed during a mass meeting held in Esiphekephekeni area between leaders of factions, the Mpukunyoni traditional council, Simunye Peace Committee and the police.

The actual signing was nearly disrupted when police arrested some of the people who attended the meeting. Those arrested were suspected of being among those responsible for waging the war.

Qhina Mkhwanazi, spokesman for the Mpukunyoni traditional council, said resolutions to end the war had been taken after a series of meetings.

He said the first meeting was held on June 20 and the second one two days later. Both failed to bring about peace.

Mkhwanazi said he was happy that leaders of the amabutho (warriors) had finally agreed to end the war.


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