IFP Demands Investigation after Armed Men Threaten KZN Premier Candidate

May 27, 2024 | Press Releases

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) is profoundly troubled by the safety of its KZN Provincial Chairperson and Premier Candidate, Cllr Thami Ntuli, in light of recent incidents involving threats from individuals purporting to be law enforcement officers.

Yesterday afternoon, Cllr Thami Ntuli’s convoy, en route from a public event called Ingezo, which took place at eSikhaleni, encountered a highly alarming situation. A suspicious unmarked Ford Ranger, occupied by four unidentified males, aggressively inserted itself into the convoy’s path on the N2 towards eMpangeni/Richards Bay. Despite efforts by Cllr Ntuli’s security detail to evade the vehicle, it persisted in its pursuit, eventually blocking the convoy at the intersection of John Ross Highway and the N2.

The four armed individuals, clad in police overalls and wearing balaclavas to conceal their identities, brandished rifles and forcibly detained the convoy. They pointed their weapons directly at Cllr Ntuli’s security personnel and activated their rifles, posing an imminent threat to the safety of all present.

It is important to highlight that these individuals provided no identifiable markings or credentials to confirm their affiliation with the National Intelligence Unit (NIU) or any other law enforcement agency. Furthermore, their vehicle lacked any official branding or insignia.

This distressing incident raises serious questions about the conduct of law enforcement officers. Do police officers have the authority to point firearms at unthreatening ordinary citizens without just cause?

The IFP urgently calls upon law enforcement agencies to conduct a thorough investigation into this incident and take immediate action to ensure the safety and security of all citizens. Our democracy cannot tolerate the abuse of power or the intimidation of political figures and their supporters.

This blatant opposition to the IFP’s Premier Candidate underscores our party’s growing influence and effectiveness, which we perceive as a threat to our adversaries. However, we remain resolute in our commitment to serving the people of KZN and the nation, steadfast in our mission to alleviate poverty, unemployment, and abuse of power.

Mr Siphosethu Ngcobo
IFP National Secretary General
082 902 4508

Recent Headlines

IFP Press Conference to Provide an Update on the Government of National Unity

IFP President and NEC to Brief Media on GNU

The IFP NEC will meet today in light of the widespread uncertainty prevailing as it pertains to the Government of National Unity (GNU). The IFP President Hon. Velenkosini Hlabisa, MP, will thereafter at a press conference provide an update on these matters today. The...

IFPYB Welcomes Changes in the Department of Higher Education

GNU: IFP’s Position on Interpretation of Clause 24

The IFP has taken note of the on-going public disagreements between the ANC’s Mr Fikile Mbalula and the DA’s Mrs Helen Zille, as it pertains to clause 24 of the Government of National Unity (GNU) statement of intent. To that end, the IFP President Hon. Velenkosini...

IFP Secures 7 Wards in KZN By-Elections

IFP Secures 7 Wards in KZN By-Elections

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) in KwaZulu-Natal is overwhelmed with gratitude to the people of the province, following its resounding victory in yesterday’s by-elections, where the Party secured 7 out of 12 contested wards. The IFP has gained a majority in several...