ANC accuses splinter organisation of assaulting its volunteers

2013-10-11 14:13

The ANC in Mpumalanga has accused a splinter political organisation of taking every chance to disrupt its activities following the assault of three ANC volunteers yesterday afternoon.

ANC secretary in Bohlabela region (Bushbuckridge), Mandla Ndlovu, said members of the Bushbuckridge Residents Association (BRA) were responsible for the assault of the women in Moloro village, who had to be admitted to hospital.

Ndlovu said BRA members caused havoc during their door-to-door campaign, which was also attended by the ANC National Election Team members.

“Four BRA members started loud hailing to discourage community members from talking to us. They then started to assault our women volunteers and three of them ended in hospital but they were discharged,” said Ndlovu.

He said the trio have laid charges with the police.

People who witnessed the incident said police intervened to stop the confrontation, but they arrested no one.

Mpumalanga police spokesperson Colonel Leonard Hlathi was not reachable on his cellphone to comment.

BRA secretary Cleopus Maunye said it was community members who chased the ANC members.

“They brought along a very large contingent of police and government officials. I think people here are concerned that the ANC always brings government force whenever they come to campaign. This isn’t Tlokwe,” Maunye said.

“They see that we’ve grown in this region. If it’s not us dominating a ward, you’ll find that it’s the EFF (Economic Freedom Fighters),” he added.

BRA was formed by disgruntled ANC members in 2011. It took part in the local government elections and won seven of the 74 seats in the Bushbuckridge local municipality.

In January, BRA members and residents chased away Premier David Mabuza and his delegation of MECs.

They accused Mabuza of campaigning for the ANC under the government’s banner.

At that time BRA councillor, Delta Mokoena, said the community was angry because public works MEC, Dikeledi Mahlangu, had come a week before Mabuza to launch a road project and spoke about the ANC.

Councillor Delta Mokoena claimed Mahlangu had thrown money at the people.

“The money is believed to have been R10 000 and it angered the community, who decided that they would show the premier when he comes here,” Mokoena was quoted as saying.

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