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lFP and ANC supporters clash in Durban women's hostel

By unknown | Nov 10, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

There was pandemonium at Durban's Thokoza women's hostel when the police and women supporters of the IFP clashed.

Five male supporters of the IFP were arrested on Friday night before IFP national chairman Zanele Magwaza-Msibi could address her supporters.

The incident happened a day after 60 IFP women members defected to the ANC. The police arrived after ANC women supporters at the hostel alerted them to the presence of male visitors.

When the police arrived and raided the hostel because of the "illegal male visitors", IFP women supporters carrying knobkerries protested in large numbers and hurled abuse at the police.

They accused the police of being "ANC agents". They said when the ANC was in the hostel on Tuesday to campaign no one was arrested.

The police said they arrived on the scene after receiving complaints from hostel supervisors, who said there were some people in the hostel illegally.

The hostel supervisors told the police that according to hostel rules no visitors and men were was allowed in the hostel without permission.

Magwaza-Msibi, Blessed Gwala and other senior IFP leaders waited outside before they were allowed into to the hostel hall.

"It was the first time we were barred from entering," Magwaza-Msibi said.

She urged Gwala to address the matter urgently with the ANC.

"This is not the way we should be treated and if laws at the hostel are changed we should be informed in time," Magwaza-Msibi said, urging IFP supporters to be tolerant.

"Don't do anything that will jeopardize the party's image," she said, "If in fact people have defected live with them in harmony because that is the only way to win them back.

"Every individual has the right to choose the party of her choice and we must respect their decision."


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