ANC Gauteng members suspended

2012-05-17 20:33

Johannesburg - Three councillors and 16 other ANC members who were involved in a protest in Ratanda, near Heidelberg, have been suspended, the party's Gauteng branch said on Thursday.

"It [the ANC] took a decision to summarily discipline 19 ANC members who were in the forefront of orchestrating violent protest actions and bringing the organisation into disrepute in Ratanda," provincial ANC spokesperson Dumisa Ntuli said in a statement.

"The PEC [provincial executive committee] has... expressed its disappointment with ANC members involved in violent protest action."

During service delivery protests in Ratanda last month, shops owned by foreigners were looted and two houses and a municipal office were torched. The houses were owned by ward councillors.

At least 80 people were arrested for civil unrest and looting shops and businesses.

Ntuli said the ANC Gauteng members who were involved in the protest had been served with suspension letters and would face disciplinary hearings in the next few days.

Three of them were councillors in the area - Mluleki Nkosi, Lulama Gamede and Nkosana Tshabalala.

The other 16 ANC members suspended were: Mzwakhe Mndebele, Mduduzi Nhlapo, Mandlenkosi Radebe, Themba Motsepe, Thoko Mahlangu, Thabo Seaga, Terressa Mofokeng, Tebogo Lebethe, Percy Sithole, Sipho Mazibuko, Nape Madigoe, Bongani Maduna, Bongani Simelane, Mpho Moloi, Mohaniwa Mofokeng and Jabu Masondo.

Ntuli said these ANC members had reversed the work the ruling party had done in the area.

"This protest action has resulted in the destruction of government property and services.

"Any member found to be involved in planning of violence, act of ill discipline, calling meetings to fuel violence and displaying anarchy will be disciplined in the ANC structures," he said.

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