MK veterans cause chaos on train after ANC party

2015-01-18 08:00
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Cape Town - A group of Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association members beat up and terrorised ANC party supporters on a train trip from Cape Town to Johannesburg after the party celebrated its 103rd anniversary in the Mother City.

According to the Sunday Times, the violence was carried out by gun-toting, uniformed former MK members, who allegedly spent much of the trip drinking in a carriage they had commandeered.

The drama started when ANC Youth League members allegedly protested against the selling of what was supposed to have been free food parcels on board. These protests led to the veterans going on the attack screaming "we want your blood!"

One young pregnant woman told the newspaper that she had feared for her unborn child's life after being kicked and punched and tortured by them for about three hours.

Witnesses reported that veterans accused youth league members of being moles for the Economic Freedom Fighters and beat them up – with one veteran allegedly punching members with a fist wrapped in a chain.

The train however, got only as far as Klerksdorp before the warring parties were split up and bussed to Johannesburg, reported the newspaper.

Celebrations a success

This incident marred what was otherwise a successful celebration, as reported by News24 last week.

"The ANC Western Cape congratulates and thanks all supporters and people of Cape Town who assisted to make the ANC's 103rd anniversary the memorable success it is," the party said in a statement.

“Tens of thousands of people, including leaders from all provinces, attended the biggest political rally in the history of the Cape Town stadium to hear the ANC NEC's traditional visionary statement for the year ahead."

On Saturday, President Jacob Zuma listed energy, land, local governance and combating corruption as top priorities for the year ahead as he vowed to take the ruling party back to basics at the celebrations.

Addressing about 40 000 African National Congress supporters in the Cape Town Stadium, Zuma said: "Let us rededicate ourselves to the core values of the ANC, that of self-discipline and service to the people.

"Let us root out those members and representatives who are corrupt, factional and undermine the unity and cohesion of this great movement."

The ANC should recommit itself to the principles of the Freedom Charter, it adopted 60 years ago.

He continued and reminded the rally that the preamble of the historic text says the government cannot claim legitimacy unless it is based on "the will of all people".

ANC Western Cape leader Marius Fransman said: "The ANC has a good story to tell.

The event concluded without any major incident reported and the local hospitality industry booms with a massive economic injection.

"All establishments and restaurants were packed during the past days. Areas like the CBD, Sea Point and Waterfront where overflowing with celebratory ANC people. They painted Cape Town yellow... ANC yellow."

He said the Western Cape thanked Zuma and the national executive committee (NEC) for bringing the celebrations to the province.

"The ANC rotates the annual celebrations to all corners of our country and this year was our turn," Fransman said.

He said the ruling party condemned the Democratic Alliance's "apartheid style" actions to institute influx control where taxis were stopped, and putting up blockades to prevent ANC supporters from reaching the stadium.

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