SACP accuses ANC of orchestrating politician's arrest

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The SACP will be picketing outside eNCA's Johannesburg offices on Friday morning.

The SACP will be picketing outside eNCA's Johannesburg offices on Friday morning.

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The SACP will be picketing outside eNCA's Johannesburg offices on Friday morning.

The SACP will be picketing outside eNCA's Johannesburg offices on Friday morning.

JOHANNESBURG - The SA Communist Party has accused Luthuli House of being behind the arrest of the SACP's top official in uMzimkhulu, KwaZulu-Natal.

The man, who is also a senior ANC official, was arrested on Saturday for possession of an unlicensed firearm.

READ: Police arrest high-ranking politician with unlicensed firearm

But SACP spokesman Zoliswa Nyinde said the official had insisted he simply wasn't carrying his gun licence at the time.

She said his colleagues had later tried to present the document at a police station but had been told that Luthuli House, the ANC headquarters, had ordered that he be kept in custody.

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal refused on Sunday to comment on the SACP accusation.

Twenty-four councillors have been killed in KwaZulu-Natal since 2009 and the SACP claims that competition for tenders is fuelling the violence.

More than 60 people have been arrested in connection with the murders, but none has been successfully prosecuted yet.