Heated stand-off between cops, Motlanthe backers

2012-12-17 19:53

Mangaung - A heated stand-off took place in Mangaung on Monday afternoon between police and about 150 pro-change ANC members from the Free State and the Western Cape, after police told the group that they did not have permission to gather.

The group had gathered near the University of the Free State, where the ANC's elective conference is being held, to chant and sing their support for Kgalema Motlanthe.

"We are not allowed near campus to give our support to our delegates but the Zuma guys are being escorted," one ANC member said, referring to a convoy of cars driven by President Jacob Zuma supporters that had been seen driving through Bloemfontein on Monday afternoon.

The mood among the pro-change members was disappointed and angry after the morning’s ANC nomination process, during which Zuma emerged as the clear favourite to retain his position as ANC president.

"They [Zuma and Mantashe] don't care if they rape the constitution. They think and hope they might rig the national elections in the same way they rigged the ANC conference," said Mpho Mojanaga, a delegate from the Free State.

While the group insisted they remained loyal to the party, they said this loyalty did not extend to Zuma.

"Zuma is on his own for the 2014 election. We will not campaign for him," said Ronnie Thabane, a Free State ANC member.

The stand-off was apparently sparked when a pro-Zuma delegate from KwaZulu-Natal approached the group with a firearm and threatened to shoot, in the presence of police who did not intervene.

 
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