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POLITICAL violence in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands is driving people from their homes.
This comes after the past week's killing of three members of the Sikhakhane family - Ntombana Sikhakhane, Mfaniseni Nkomo and four-year-old Anele Sikhakhane.
Two councillors, Ntuthuko Ngcobo and Tony Malunga of the IFP and ANC, respectively, were ambushed earlier.
Another IFP councillor, Enoch Shange, was seriously wounded two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, another IFP councillor, Bernard Mzwana Mbatha, 51, was killed in a spray of bullets while driving in the area on Saturday.
Police spokesperson Henry Budram said the police "were contacted by a motorist who saw a person lying next to his vehicle on his back".
The distraught community say they appealed to President Jacob Zuma and IFP president Magosuthu Buthelezi to deal with the violence - before the elections.
"The killings in the region are politically motivated," they say. "It is a widespread thing no. ANC members are killed one day and IFP members the next," they said.
A resident told Sowetan: "It's scary to live here. We were hoping that senior party leaders would come to the area to calm the situation."
Provincial Premier Zweli Mkhize has appointed two MECs, Bheki Cele and Willies Mchunu - and IFP MPLs Blessed Gwala and Bonginkosi Buthelezi - to find a solution to the ongoing violence in the Greytown-Umvoti area in a bid to restore peace.