ANC mulling 'harshest action' against Hammanskraal councillor

2016-05-25 16:24
Black smoke bellowing over Hammanskraal. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Black smoke bellowing over Hammanskraal. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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'Violence is never a solution' - DA visits Hammanskraal

2016-05-25 15:15

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Johannesburg - The ANC is considering the “harshest” disciplinary action against one of its councillors in Hammanskraal, who is said to be leading the violent protests in the area.

He was allegedly stoking the protests because he sold plots of land to people in the area, spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said on Wednesday.

"We think that that is not the kind of councillor or leader of the ANC we want. We are considering the harshest decision ever against him because he has put the name of the organisation into disrepute," he told News24.

Kodwa said there would be many more similar protests ahead of the August 3 local government elections as some councillors did not want to vacate office.

"When you lead, you have to accept that there is going to be time to go and you can't use communities to disrupt things. People die because of one individual who is misleading."

Violence broke out in the township on Monday, when employees of the Red Ants security company, the SA Police Service and Tshwane Metro Police arrived to demolish their shacks and evict them.

Two Red Ants employees were reportedly killed and six injured in an altercation with the residents. Five people were arrested, one of them for murder.

Residents on Tuesday held a meeting with Temba police, where an agreement was reached to stop evictions in the area. This was until all parties to the dispute over the land had had a chance to meet.

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