The ANC and the SA Communist Party (SACP) have appealed to their members to engage each other peacefully following factional violence in Inchanga, west of Durban, this week.
The violence has led to the deaths of two people in separate shooting incidents since Sunday.
An urgent meeting between the SACP and ANC resolved that both parties, including their local structures, “must go back to the people and appeal for calm and urge their members to engage in a peaceful engagement”.
Both parties also condemned the violence, which included protests and the torching of houses, they said in a statement, adding that there is “commitment to ensure long lasting peace and stability in the area”.
“The meeting condemned in the strongest terms the killing of Comrade Nontshikelelo Blose, who was killed Sunday evening and the brutal murder of Comrade Xolani Ngcobo yesterday morning.
“The meeting was convened by provincial executive committee (PEC) member and MEC for transport, community safety and liaison, Comrade Mxolisi Kaunda, together with the leadership of the SACP (Moses Mabhida Province), which was led by its provincial chairperson, Comrade James Nxumalo.”
ANC provincial secretary Super Zuma reiterated the call for dialogue as the only way to resolve differences in the area, according to the statement.
“The engagement between the ANC and SACP must be sustained on an ongoing basis to ensure political stability…
“We are committed in ensuring peace and harmony in the area. As the leader of the alliance, the ANC calls for calm and restraint among comrades,” said Zuma.
KwaZulu-Natal SACP deputy chairperson Nomvuzo Shabalala appealed for calm and political maturity in the area.
“We find it unacceptable that comrades can continue killing one another. As the leadership, we intervened in the build-up to the local government elections and were of the view that such interventions have yielded positive results,” said Shabalala.
“We were therefore taken by surprise when we learnt about the killing of these two comrades. We call upon all structures in the community to work towards ensuring peace and stability in the area.”
Weekly meetings will be held to assess the situation in the area by a peace committee.
Among other things, the meeting also resolved to:
– Sustain police visibility and increase deployment in the area to ensure stability.
– Form a peace committee that will facilitate stability and normality within the members of the ANC and SACP.
– Intensify political education among members of both organisations.
– Engage both families of the deceased comrades with a view of organising a joint memorial service.
– To continue creating platform for dialogue between members of both organisations.
– For MEC Kaunda to investigate the efficiency of the policing in area and their turnaround time in responding to reported cases.
– Police must also conduct a search-and-seizure operation to rid the area of illegal firearms.
– Religious leaders will be part of the peace-building process in the area.