Members beaten with rocks at ANC meeting
Johannesburg - Seven people were injured when an ANC meeting in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, was disrupted at the weekend, it was reported.
The Dispatch Online reported that a fight broke out on Sunday afternoon between groups of rival African National Congress members over who was representing the local ward at a branch general meeting.
Both groups claimed to represent the same ward.
ANC marshals tried to separate the two sides as the fight broke out. Several gunshots were fired by members, while some members were beaten with rocks and sticks.
The injured were taken to Mthatha and Nelson Mandela Academic hospitals.
Archie Mayekiso, secretary of one of the groups, said the fight started when members from the other group tried to grab membership forms from his members, so that they could enter the meeting.
Nkululeko Gili, chairperson of the group that was denied access said: “Within minutes it was chaos. There was blood everywhere, people were assaulted with sticks and stabbed. Several shots were fired. It was a scary situation.”
Gili said the meeting was postponed after the violence broke out.
Mayekiso said Gili’s group were not ANC members and they belonged to an organisation called the Civil Alliance of SA.
“These people went to the ANC meeting hell-bent on disrupting it. They wanted to enter our meeting forcefully although they are not ANC members,” he said.