Politics in Pietermaritzburg , like in any city
in South Africa , caused conflict between people of many
died and many were left stranded without homes.
The main reason for the killing of many people
in Pietermaritzburg was because of two parties that were trying
to take over Pietermaritzburg townships.The two Parties were the
African National Congress (ANC) and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP).
During their feuding they destroyed each other
in any possible way, they assassinated leaders of the opposite part
they, ruled the community they lived in i.e. there were no go areas
for some people. This meant that if you were known to be living
in the branch that was known as ANC's you were not supposed to be
found in the IFP's branch or you were dealt with badly.
Many residents blame the destruction of Fedsem
on the conflict between ANC and IFP. Fedsem ended up being destroyed
by the Imbali residents. Many people died during this time and when
the fighting stopped a peace Monument was put up in Stage 2 . During
all this fighting Imbali Post office was destroyed, The Imbali Brewery
and many other buildings that would look beautiful if they were
THERE IS A PEACE
MONUMENT THAT WAS PUT IN IMBALI STAGE 2 IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO
DIED DURING THE VIOLENCE.
The "Seven Day War" which lasted for
7 day. This also resulted in the fueding of the two parties.
IFP had a rally in Durban and on their way back
they stopped first in Imbali. There everybody that got off the bus
was assassinated, they did this in every bus stop. They even went
to Edendale Hospital and you couldn't get in because you were risking
your life. It didn't end there. People's houses were burnt and more
lives were taken.