ANC holds mini rally in Marikana

2016-01-08 17:46
(Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

(Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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Marikana - ANC leaders addressed a small group of supporters in Wonderkop, Marikana, in the North West surrounded by heavy security on Friday.

The party was welcoming about seven EFF members into the ANC.

However, a small group of EFF members standing on the periphery of the sports field, where the ANC had gathered, claimed that the seven young men were not part of the red berets or even from the area.

A man in an EFF beret stood with a small speaker and microphone shouting: "You lying", "You not welcome here" and "You killed people".

ANC treasurer general Zweli Mkhize, North West chairperson and premier Supra Mahumapelo, and State Security Minister David Mahlobo addressed the crowd.

Mkhize told those who had left the ANC to "come back home".

He said the party would listen to their concerns.

"To those who are sitting at their houses, we wish that you can come back home to the ANC," he said in isiZulu.

'People will choose with their votes'

"The ANC is your home. The ANC does not believe that any part of the country has no-go areas. There is no way the ANC will be stopped."

He said the ANC accepted that those who wanted to start their own parties could do so, but there must not be fighting and intimidation.

"At the end of the day when we get to the voting station, people will choose with their votes."

Mkhize said the ANC wanted to sort out the living conditions of people living in mining towns such as Marikana and get rid of the migrant labour system, where people came from far to work on the mines, but lived in shacks or in hostels.

ANC marshals formed a human chain around the area where the leaders were addressing supporters.

The ANC handed out T-shirts and flags to those attending, including young children.

Mahlobo led the crowd in renewing their ANC membership oaths.

Police officers stood around keeping an eye, with nyalas on standby.

A police helicopter also circled the area.

Zuma no-show

Earlier this week, President Jacob Zuma was expected to hand over houses in Marikana, but was a no-show.

At the last minute, the Presidency sent out a statement saying Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu would hand over the houses on his behalf.

Mahumapelo told the crowd in Marikana on Friday that only four houses were handed out to people with disabilities.

However, there were 550 houses built by the ANC government which still needed to be allocated.

The ANC is in Rustenburg, celebrating its 104th birthday.

On Friday night, ANC heavyweights will attend a gala dinner at the Sun City Super Bowl.

The official January 8th statement would be held at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Saturday.

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