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I'll see you in court, says CELE to Buthelezi

By unknown | Feb 16, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

Bheki Cele's lawyers have issued a summons for Mangosuthu Buthelezi to appear in court after the IFP leader accused the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for community safety of instructing police to use force against Inkatha supporters.

The violence flared two weeks ago when the ANC and the IFP held rallies in Nongoma on the same weekend. After the clashes, Buthelezi accused Cele of instructing the SAPS to brutalise IFP members.

"The alleged clashes between ANC and IFP supporters were in fact clashes between IFP supporters and the police, who brutalised the public without provocation at the instruction of MEC for community safety and liaison Mr Bheki Cele," Buthelezi said. He claimed IFP supporters were tear-gassed and shot with rubber bullets as they walked to rallies.

"The clashes would not have happened had it not been "for the gross interference of MEC Cele in the work of the SAPS".

Buthelezi confirmed that he had received a summons. "I have been summoned to court," he said.

Cele refused to divulge further details.

Meanwhile, Buthelezi met ANC president Jacob Zuma in Durban on Friday to discuss a peaceful election campaign.

"We agreed to work together to ensure peaceful electioneering in KwaZulu-Natal," said Zuma.

Buthelezi said they reaffirmed their respect for the right of their respective political parties to campaign everywhere without hindrance.

"We are confident that 15 years of democracy have gone some way towards curbing the political intolerance that rocked the province and the country in the 1980s and early 1990s," he said.


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