ANC says violent protests a dangerous trend

2011-09-07 11:07

The tendency of “certain ANC members” to resort to violent protests to challenge decisions has reached unprecedented levels, the party said.

“Last week’s violence outside Luthuli House is part of this dangerous trend,” ANC Gauteng secretary David Makhura said in Johannesburg.

“We strongly condemn the violence and anarchy that took place. It could have been prevented within the organisation.”

He said the party’s leadership needed to be consistent and decisive in dealing with the “corrosive practice without fear or favour”.

Last Tuesday, running battles broke out on the streets surrounding Luthuli House during the disciplinary hearing of ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema.

Branch members and supporters pelted journalists and police with rocks and bricks, resulting in several people being injured. T-shirts bearing the image of President Jacob Zuma were burnt.

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