We'll deal with members involved in clashes at rally - Tshwane ANC

2015-11-09 20:18
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Pretoria - The ANC in Tshwane has vowed to take action against some members who were involved in clashes during a Siyanqoba rally held in Mamelodi on Sunday. 

Spokesperson Teboho Joala said the violence erupted after the official proceedings for the day were concluded. He added that the majority of those involved were not party members.

"Our members who were involved will be dealt with internally. We will also go back to our structures and encourage them to be disciplined and ensure that such a thing doesn’t repeat itself again,"  said Joala.

"Not all of the people were members of the ANC. There was a third force behind it. We were able to positively identify them as not our members," he said.

Two groups clashed on Sunday after one group called for the removal of Tshwane mayor and ANC regional chairperson Kgosientso Ramokgopa. The pro–Ramokgopa group confronted them. The mood soon changed when the two groups started throwing rocks at each other.

Bystanders were caught in the crossfire, with numerous vehicles damaged in the process. Joala admitted that there was a small group of members who were part of the chaos.

He maintained that the rally was very successful and that Ramokgopa had managed to deliver his message to residents who had attended.

The DA’s mayoral candidate, Solly Msimanga, said he was not surprised by the violence that ensued in Mamelodi. He claimed that their rally was also disrupted by ANC members. He said the violence indicated a divided movement.

"The ANC is itself deeply divided, and is now turning on itself too. Like the proverbial snake which eats its own tail, the ANC in Tshwane attacked itself at Mayor Ramokgopa’s 'Siyanqoba Rally', calling out that Sputla Must Fall. The DA agrees that Sputla must fall, but only through the ballot box…" he said.

Read more on:    anc  |  kgosientso ramokgopa  |  pretoria  |  politics

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