Brits - ANC president Jacob Zuma
will not visit Wonderkop
near Marikana in North West as planned on Tuesday, the party said.
"Due to the violence in that area, the provincial
executive committee took a deliberate decision that the president will instead
speak to people in Sonop," said North West provincial chairperson Supra
"We do not want to draw unnecessary attention... We
do not want to give anarchists a platform to advance their agenda."
He said Zuma would speak to traditional and religious
leaders as well as about 25 people who were displaced in the Marikana area near
Local ANC leaders had been doing political work in
Marikana and would continue.
"It is not for the first time that we have been
doing political work. We have done it for over 20 years."
On Sunday, a rally Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula was due
to address was cancelled in Freedom Park after violence erupted.
Stones were thrown at cars and two councillors' houses
and a municipal building were set alight.
Freedom Park and Wonderkop are strongholds of the
Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), a rival to the ANC-linked
National Union of Mineworkers.
Amcu members have been on strike since 23 January in the
platinum mining belt demanding a R12 500 basic salary per month.
Zuma was in Brits to canvass votes for the ANC.
ANC supporters ululated and whistled as his motorcade
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