'IFP will help to root out xenophobia'

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

The IFP has pledged to cooperate with the authorities to help stop the xenophobic violence now threatening to engulf Durban.

This comes after a group from Dalton men's hostel attacked a city pub-restaurant owned by a Nigerian national.

It is alleged that the unruly group had earlier attended a meeting of an IFP branch re-launch.

They allegedly went on the rampage and damaged the pub-restaurant.

IFP provincial chairman Mntomuhle Khawula, said his party would help the police to bring the perpetrators to book.

He told Sowetan that IFP members had a meeting earlier in the hostel where they were preparing to re-launch a branch.

"People went back to their houses. Later in the evening the leadership heard that there was fighting in progress at the pub-restaurant.

"Upon arrival, they found people involved in senseless violence," he said.

Khawula said the hostel is a multi-party residence and to suggest that the attackers were IFP members was irresponsible.