Mabuza must charge Lamola – DA

2012-06-14 08:48

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Mpumalanga has called on Premier David Mabuza to lay criminal charges of incitement of violence against ANCYL deputy president Ronald Lamola for his statement on service delivery protests.

DA provincial leader Anthony Benadie said Lamola told an economic freedom youth gathering in KwaMhlanga on Sunday that the youth should “render this province ungovernable” over poor service delivery.

Lamola is Mabuza’s former spokesperson. He resigned last year after a fall-out with Mabuza over the Mpumalanga ANCYL’s support for the re-election of former president Julius Malema for a second term and the league’s wish for President Jacob Zuma to step down as ANC boss.

“Evidence that the ANC themselves are orchestrating delivery protests, lie in the irresponsible and absurd comments made by (Lamola), who incited the youth to declare anarchy and render this province ungovernable over poor service delivery,” Benadie said.

“As such, Premier Mabuza has a moral and political obligation, in the interest of protecting public property and ensuring the safety of citizens, to lay criminal charges against Lamola for incitement of violence,” he added.
But Lamola dismissed the DA’s accusations as being madness.

“They’re mad. I did not say that. I said the youth must not surrender on the struggle for economic freedom,” Lamola said.

“It’s non-delivery of services that incite the people to protest. It’s not me,” he added.

Mabuza’s spokesperson, Zibonele Mncwango, said he was not aware of both the DA’s and Lamola’s statements.

“It will however be very irresponsible of Lamola if he said that,” Mncwango said.

Mpumalanga has experienced twelve service delivery protests by different communities since January this year. The communities mainly demanded water and electricity.

The Barberton residents had the proposed Mpumalanga university to be built in their town among their demands, while the Pilgrim’s Rest community demanded employment of locals by a nearby gold-mine.

Other communities that protested include Matsulu, KaNyamazane, Pienaar, Lillydale, Masoyi, Makoko, Naas, Carolina, Belfast and Hazyview.

Benadie has also called on President Zuma to appoint an independent commission of inquiry into the service delivery protests in Mpumalanga because factionalism and in-fighting within the ANC was becoming a security
risk to citizens and public property.

“It has for long been rumoured that, bad as service delivery may be, and as legitimate as residents’ concerns are, it is often used as a front to legitimise protests – while the real motive is fuelled by internal ANC factions,” he said.

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