DA march screeches to a halt as stun grenades, rocks fly

2014-02-12 15:20

Stun grenades followed by screaming brought the DA march to a halt near Ghandi Square this afternoon.

Seconds earlier, DA MP Lindiwe Mazibuko had been rallying the crowd.

“This is the time when [President Jacob] Zuma lies to us again. He’ll promise millions of jobs at the state of the nation speech again, but he won’t deliver. We are going there,” she said.

The crowd jeered: “Asibasabi siyabafuna [we’re not scared of them, we want them]”.

Then shots rang out as the ANC crowd gathered closer to the DA’s supporters. Police fired rubber bullets and used two stun grenades to push back ANC members who yelled “bayasinyela [they are sh***ting on us]”.

Police officers were able to move the ANC protesters, who had also flung rocks, back and calm them down.

DA members were immediately told to turn back to the starting point and police officers divided the two groups.

Back at the base in the CBD, DA leader Helen Zille said this was what was expected of the ANC.

“We came here to have a peaceful march and they come with rocks, stones and sticks,” she said.

Her spokesperson, Cameron Arendse, said police had arrested six ANC members for being in possession of firearms. The police would not confirm or deny this.

Police spokesperson Colonel Katlego Mogale said four people in ANC T-shirts had been arrested for public violence, Sapa reports.

A DA member from Ennerdale, Joseph Aphane, said that although the march didn’t turn out as planned, the ANC got the message.

“I don’t work and I have children to feed. I have nothing and the ANC makes promises every year. That’s why we marched today,” he said.

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