ACDP slams ANC no-go areas

2009-03-19 00:00

ACDP KZN provincial chairman Glen Matthews, a councillor in the Umdoni (Scottburgh) Municipality, said he was attacked yesterday by ANC supporters while putting up posters in Malangeni, one of the council wards.

Matthews said he and a colleague were putting up posters outside Sihle High School when the pupils, who had been dismissed early from school because the principal had died, saw them and started chanting “ANC, ANC”.

“As they approached, they said ‘We don’t want Kenneth Meshoe [leader of the ACDP]’ here and started throwing stones at us. We managed to get off our ladder and flee,” he said.

Matthews said they then went to another part of Malangeni to put up posters. There, residents told them they did not want other party posters, because that was an ANC area. “We respected their request and left.”

He added that he laid a complaint with the Scottburgh police and with the Umzinto police, because their posters in that town were defaced. Police spokesman Captain Vincent Pandaram could only confirm the Umzinto complaint and not the Scottburgh incident. Matthews said he laid a complaint at Scottburgh in the morning and that he would follow this up, because it appeared that no entry of his complaint had been made in the police log book.

“I laid a complaint rather than a charge because there was a mob and I could not identify individual perpertrators,” he said.

The ACDP have also reported the matter to the Independent Electoral Commission. Provincial leader Wayne Thring condemned the attack. He called on the ANC not to pay lip service to the Electoral Code of Conduct they have signed and to bring their members into line.

Matthews said it was totally uncacceptable behaviour from any citizen in the country and especially appalling from members of the ANC, the organisation that had fought for democracy in this country. “The party must teach their members to respect this hard won democracy,” he added.

The ANC has undertaken to investigate the allegations made by the ACDP. However, party spokeswoman Nomfundo Mcetywa said the ANC does not understand how the ACDP arrived at the conclusion that it was ANC members. The police must also be allowed to investigate, she said.

Mcetywa said the ANC observes that parties that are facing humiliation at the poll are making a habit of falsely accusing the ANC.

“This is the only way they can make headlines because they have dismally failed to sell their policy to voters and now they are resorting to dirty tricks. We accept that when you mention the name ANC people get to be taken seriously. Almost all the people of KwaZulu-Natal are ANC members… Members of the ANC are peaceful people and the ANC always win overwhelmingly when there is peace,” Mcetywa said.

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