Durban – Five people have been arrested in connection with the two men who were killed at a South African Communist Party (SACP) meeting in Inchanga, near Durban, last week, police said on Tuesday.

Police spokesman Brigadier Jay Naicker said that the five people were arrested on Tuesday after a joint operation involving the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Task Team, Inchanga Detectives, Pinetown Tactical Response Team and Pietermaritzburg Tactical Response Team.

All five were arrested in the Inchanga area and are expected to appear in the Camperdown Magistrate’s court where they will face charges of murder, attempted murder and malicious damage to property.

The charges against the five relate to a meeting held at the Kandokweni sportsground in the Fredville area on January 24 when Bongani Hlatshwayo, 38, and Phillip Dlamini, 68, were killed.

Four other people were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds.

The shooting incident has brought to the fore tensions in the area that exist between the SACP and the African National Congress.

The death of Dlamini, an SACP member, prompted the SACP to pull out of the ANC’s nomination process in KwaZulu-Natal for candidates to stand in the upcoming local government election that will be held later this year.