ANC will act against 'thugs' - report

2013-05-03 11:13
Marius Fransman (File, Sapa)

Marius Fransman (File, Sapa)

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Cape Town - The ANC will probe who was behind an attempted attack on its Western Cape chairperson 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 R2 000 damage to a municipal building.

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

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