Flying bricks stop DA march
ANC supporters burn a DA T-shirt while waiting outside Luthuli House. (K Ngoepe, Sapa)
Johannesburg - Brick-carrying protesters wearing ANC T-shirts
stormed the DA in central Johannesburg on Wednesday as its leader Helen Zille
was about to address marchers.
The Democratic Alliance's march for "real jobs"
stopped on the corner of Rissik and Marshall streets after the police told them
it was too dangerous to move on to Beyers Naude Square.
As Zille was about to start speaking, a group of protesters
in ANC attire came running down Rissik Street.
Zille shouted, "stay calm!", but protesters threw
bricks at DA members who turned around and started running back to the Westgate
Police then blocked off roads in the city with nyalas, with
groups of singing ANC supporters scattered all over the CBD.
Police were ready to fire off a salvo of rubber bullets, and
a water cannon was wheeled out into the street.
The ANC said it had asked its members to refrain from
"This is not a brick-throwing event," African
National Congress spokesperson Jackson Mthembu told SAfm.
Mthembu said the ANC members who had gathered in town was
merely trying to protect the ruling party's headquarters.
"Not anyone has suffered a brick to the head,"
"We have asked them not to carry
Earlier, a group of people, dressed in ANC attire, threw
petrol bombs at police at the corner of Miriam Makeba and Fox streets.
A Sapa reporter at the scene said at least four petrol bombs
were thrown at police near the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court.
Around 100 officers descended on the street to try and
Police fired three stun grenades at a group of ANC
supporters seen running towards the marchers.
DA Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane told reporters
that members of the ANC had thrown stones at them.
DA supporters were re-routed back to the Westgate transport
hub. "The protest is being re-routed back to the starting point,"
said metro police spokesperson Superintendent Wayne Minnaar.
The Democratic Alliance members were marching for "real