Clermont: no violence as Lekota visits

2010-03-23 00:00

A VISIT by the Congress of the People (Cope) president, Mosioua Lekota, in the politically tense Clermont area in Durban yesterday proceeded without any violent incidents.

Lekota’s visit follows a spate of attacks in the area against Cope members.

On Sunday, Cope members said that five houses and shops belonging to members affiliated to the party were damaged and torched by about 200 people in the KwaShembe informal settlement in the area.

Cope’s provincial secretary, Philip Mhlongo, told The Witness yesterday that Lekota’s visit proceeded without hinderances.

Mhlongo said that the police also played their part in ensuring security for the party’s president.

During the attacks, the home of ward 22 branch chairwoman, Nonzuzo Hlongwane, was among the houses burnt on Sunday.

Last week the area was also engulfed in attacks and vandalism. Cope members blamed the ANC for the attacks.

ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said that the party’s branch structures are working with the police to quell the violence in the area.

Zikalala re-affirmed that the ANC did not mandate its members to carry out the attacks on Cope members.

“It is misleading to say that the ANC is behind the attacks,” he said.

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