Fransman escapes attack by ‘thugs’

2013-05-02 08:48

Western Cape ANC leader Marius Fransman has escaped being beaten by a mob following a meeting with regional party leaders.

Fransman told the Cape Times the meeting, at the Oudtshoorn municipality building on Tuesday, was in line with his mandate to introduce corrective measures to bring stability to the town.

While addressing concerns about appointments in the local council, he reportedly made some decisions which upset some residents.

“At about 9pm a mob, let me call them thugs, of about 50 people had gathered outside. They were breaking the windows and glass to try to get inside, and the building was in lockdown for an hour,” he told the newspaper.

“When I went out, one guy and three others launched [themselves] at me, but my security were able to prevent them from hitting me.”

Fransman was taken to his car and escorted out of the town.

At least four people were arrested, including Die Son journalist Hein Coetzee, who said police assaulted him and protesters.

He told the Cape Times he was photographing a police officer assaulting someone when the officer saw him and sprayed him in the face with pepper spray.

He later confronted the officer and asked why he had sprayed him.

The officer then allegedly took his camera, removed the memory card and arrested him on a crimen injuria charge.

Coetzee was released soon afterwards and laid complaints of assault and theft against the police.

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