The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal is considering calling for army intervention as it trades accusations of violence with its political rival, the Inkatha Freedom Party, The Mercury reported yesterday.
"We want to prevent further loss of lives, and one of the things we want if this [violence] continues is the deployment of the army to hot spot areas. There should be a shield to protect innocent people," ANC provincial secretary Senzo Mchunu said in Durban.
Mchunu accused IFP members of assaulting ANC members and damaging their properties.
He said ANC member Dumisani Mshibe received serious head injuries in an attack at eNhlalakahle township, Greytown, by people carrying pangas, spears, knobkerries and guns.
In a separate incident at Indaka, near Ladysmith, the Sahlumbe High School had to abandon lessons because of disruptions by unknown people.
The ANC, at the media briefing, showed slides which it described as evidence of "IFP brutality, savagery and barbarity".
But the IFP's national organiser, Albert Mncwango, accused ANC supporters of attacking and provoking IFP members.
"In Greytown, IFP supporters only responded after being attacked. We challenge the ANC to show the full footage of what happened," Mncwango told The Mercury. - Sapa