ANC will act against 'thugs': Report

By Drum Digital
03 May 2013

The ANC will probe who was behind an attempted attack on its Western Cape chairman Marius Fransman at a meeting in Oudtshoorn, it was reported on Friday.

The Cape Times reported that about 50 residents tried to attack Fransman on Tuesday night. He was not injured.

"We will be conducting an internal investigation into this incident and will decide what steps need to be followed," said African National Congress Southern Cape secretary Putco Mapitiza.

Fransman had gone to Oudtshoorn to answer questions about the town's mayor Gordon April being replaced by Charlie Wagenaar.

Four people, including Die Son journalist Hein Coetzee, were arrested

in the ensuing fracas. Coetzee was apparently assaulted and his camera and cellphone were seized.

The SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) reportedly condemned Coetzee's arrest.

"[Sanef] takes strong exception at this detention and assault on a journalist while carrying out his duties," it was quoted as saying.

According to The Cape Times, the residents caused about R2000 damage to a municipal building.

Oudtshoorn municipality spokesman Ntobeko Mangqwengwe told the newspaper two big windows were smashed. It intended filing a criminal complaint.

-by Sapa

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