Midvaal DA supporters 'intimidated'

2011-05-19 15:26
Johannesburg - A group of ANC supporters unhappy with the DA victory in the Midvaal area, in Gauteng, intimidated community members on Thursday morning, the Midvaal mayor claimed.

"A group of disgruntled ANC members who were unhappy with the outcome of the elections went around making noise and intimidating community members in the Sicelo area this morning," said Timothy Nast.

ANC Gauteng spokesperson Dumisa Ntuli, said he had heard about the protest, but that the ANC accepted the results of the elections in Midvaal.

"We have told our members to remain calm," he said.

ANC tried to calm them down

He did not know how many supporters were in the group, but said the protest had died down by midday.

By 13:00 the DA had won 60.71% of vote in Midvaal and the ANC, which had vigorously campaigned to win back the largely rural municipality, 37.17%.

"I know that Paul Mashatile [ANC Gauteng chairperson] was on TV encouraging the protesters to calm down and the regional ANC chairperson has also been sent to calm them down," said Nast

He said the protesters had "gone around intimidating people and asking people who they had voted for".

"My concern is that the ANC has a membership base that don't accept the results of a democratic election," he said.

- SAPA
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