ANC supporters threaten to burn shacks of DA voters in Midvaal

2011-05-19 09:38

Angry ANC supporters have threatened to burn down shacks belonging to DA supporters in Midvaal’s Sicelo Shiceka informal settlement.

 This comes after the DA retained control of the hotly contested Midvaal municipality. The DA won nine out of 14 wards in Midvaal. The DA even snatched ward 1 from the ANC. There was a voter turnout of 55%.

 In celebration of the Midvaal victory, a handful of DA supporters went around the informal settlement ululating. This was when they incurred the wrath of the defeated ANC supporters, who wanted to retaliate by burning down their shacks and chasing them out of the area.

 This was averted after the ANC leadership intervened. An ANC official in the area said the situation had been brought under control. He blamed the ANC’s loss on the party and apathetic voters.

“You know we have internal squabbles. The other thing is our people want to be pushed like wheelbarrows. White people came out in numbers to vote DA,” he said.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe also expressed disappointment at losing to the DA.
Midvaal remains the only municipality governed by the DA in Gauteng. The DA has been in charge since 2000. The party has grown its support in every election there. It won five out of nine wards in 2000 and in 2006 the DA was victorious in six out of 10 wards.
In this year’s local election, an aggressive and a spirited campaign by the ANC failed to unseat the DA. The ANC had deployed its heavy guns to Midvaal. Not even ANC Youth League president Julius Malema’s electioneering in Midvaal could help the ANC dethrone the DA.

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