2 women injured in ANC scuffle on train

2015-01-18 12:05

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Two women were left injured after scuffles broke out between ANC members during a train trip from Cape Town to Joburg last weekend.

“One was treated for glass in her eye and the other had a minor injury,” Western Cape emergency services spokesperson Robert Daniels told the Sunday Times.

He said the women were taken off the train at Worcester station.

According to the article, fighting broke out between ANC military veterans and the ANC Youth League over food that was meant to be free, but was apparently being sold.

Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association Johannesburg chairperson Junior Mokotjo said that there was a fight “between two drunk comrades”.

The ANCYL’s Joburg spokesperson confirmed the fight, saying it was over a seat: “It did not escalate to a major thing.”

The Sunday Times, however, said it spoke to witnesses who alleged the fight was serious. One pregnant Youth League member told the newspaper that she was kicked and punched.

The train was reportedly stopped at Klerksdorp station and the passengers escorted the rest of the way in separate busses.

The train was travelling back from the ANC’s 103rd anniversary celebrations that had been held in Cape Town.

Meanwhile, today the ANC Eastern Cape secretary Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane said a situation during which some party members collapsed from hunger while travelling back from the rally in Cape Town was “regrettable”.

“We send our sincere apologies to all comrades who suffered as a result of lack of nutritious food during this trip,” he said in a statement.

The party was awaiting a report on what had happened to the money which had been set aside for catering during the trip, said Mabuyane.

Attempts today to get comment from ANC national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa were unsuccessful.

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