Two injured in shootings as IFP retains ward after by-election

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

Police have beefed up security patrols in Mbabazane in northern KwaZulu-Natal after two people were shot after the IFP retained its hold on the area following a by-election.

Police said there were face-to-face clashes between ANC and IFP supporters on Wednesday. Two people - an ANC and an IFP supporter - were shot and wounded.

The supporters of the political parties clashed shortly after the announcement that the IFP had retained its hold on the ward following a by-election.

The IFP also celebrated victories in three other wards: Hlabisa, Jozini and Mandeni.

Provincial electoral officer Mawethu Mosery said all four wards were under IFP control.

Police spokesperson Director Phindile Hadebe said heated arguments broke out between the ANC and IFP supporters outside the IEC polling station in Mbabazane

"As a result of the conflict, 10 cars belonging to the parties' supporters were damaged when violence broke out," Hadebe said.

She said no arrests have been made but police are investigating two counts of attempted murder and damage to property.

Bonginkosi Buthelezi of the IFP said his party had "wrestled a win" from the ANC and that resulted in the violence.