Johannesburg - Disciplinary action will
be taken against ANC member Nelson Mdayi - identified as the man wielding a gun
in newspaper pictures of clashes in Bekkersdal, the party said on Monday.
"The ANC will institute
disciplinary action against Mdayi for bringing the organisation into disrepute
by carrying a firearm whilst on a campaign trail," said ANC Gauteng spokesperson
"His action has undermined the
ANC's integrity and [its] public image. The ANC does not approve the use of
weapons during election campaign activities from its members or from any
political party, as this can only serve to intimidate or escalate tensions
The party's provincial integrity
committee would look into the matter. Mdayi is also a government employee and a
resident in Bekkersdal.
The City Press on Sunday reported that
he was employed by the Westonaria municipality.
On Thursday, an ANC delegation visiting
Bekkersdal, west of Johannesburg, were pelted with stones during a door-to-door
campaign ahead of the 7 May general election.
The delegation included Eric Xayiya,
Ntombi Mekgwe, and Brian Hlongwa.
Thabang Wesi, leader of the Concerned
Residents of Bekkersdal, said residents saw ANC "bodyguards" with
weapons in the township shooting at unarmed people, mainly school pupils.
The Star on Friday reported that ANC
"bodyguards" fired live ammunition at residents after disrupting
The Citizen newspaper carried pictures
of the episode. One was of Mdayi wearing an ANC bib with a gun behind his back.
Police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini told
the newspaper the case was outside the jurisdiction of the police.
He could not be reached for comment on
Kekana called on the police to
investigate whether Mdayi's gun was licensed.
He said ANC officials were in touch with
community members of Bekkersdal to address their concerns.
"We want to work the community...
to resolve election campaign issues and related matters, so that all voters, no
matter which party they will choose to vote for, can go to the polls in peace
and without fear," he said.
"It is unacceptable that schooling
should be disrupted, and that legitimate public representatives be barred from
doing their work."
He said an investigation into the matter
was also being carried out by the government.
"We will not accept any violence or
acts of intimidation from any of our members and we will therefore investigate
any wrongful action or intent."
He urged ANC members to adhere to the
"We encourage all of our volunteers
to adhere to the election code of conduct in all their door-to-door and