ANC members well behaved – Jackson Mthembu

2014-02-12 13:39

ANC members were well behaved during a march by the DA, according ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu.

“I didn’t see any violence. I only see people running and marching,” he told Sapa today.

“If there was any violence, we would condemn it ... but from where I am seated, our members have been well behaved. There was no threat from ourselves.”

Violence flared up in central Joburg during a march by the DA over “real jobs”.

Mthembu said he had not witnessed any incidents. “If we saw anybody doing that, we would have acted on that. We have heard of people carrying bricks but I didn’t see that,” he said.

“We don’t accept any throwing of bricks on any matter.”

Mthembu blamed the alleged violence on the DA, saying they knew the march near Luthuli House was ill-advised.

“The DA hired a private security company, they were well armed. They are helmeted. They came to attack Luthuli House,” he claimed.

“The march ended because the DA leadership decided on it. They did it on their own accord.”

The march was stopped by police around midday and it was rerouted to the Westgate transport hub.

DA spokesperson Mmusi Maimane told supporters to disperse peacefully. He said the ANC were losers.

“Comrades, victors are here and losers are there. When you get to the townships, don’t fight. We are not fighting with anyone.”

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