Candidate fears ANC attack

2011-05-06 00:00

AN independent candidate in the local government elections in Pietermaritzburg is living in fear of her life after she allegedly found out that a group of ANC supporters raided her house yesterday.

The alleged incident happened in Willowfountain, where a group of supporters of independent candidates were allegedly assaulted by ANC supporters on Monday.

Fisani Zondi, who left the ANC to stand as an independent, alleged that she received a call while she was at work that her house was under attack.

“I had to leave work early so that I could rush to my house to see what was going on in there. When I got home I found a group of more than 20 people in my yard who were claiming that I had removed their posters.”

She said they had left her bedroom in a mess when they were searching for ANC posters they said could be found lying in her house. They never found any

“I do not know who gave them permission to search my house because they are not the police.”

She said they broke her digital camera while going through her possessions.

“I am afraid of these people because if they can come into my house in broad daylight, who knows what they will do to me in the night,” said Zondi.

She said the posters they were looking for are old posters that were given to her by a friend who belongs to another political organisation.

As an independent candidate, she added, she does not have enough money to buy some of the election material she needs.

“This is not the first time that I have received threats from ANC supporters and God knows what they are planning next,” added Zondi. She said she will report the matter to the police.

Sibusiso Mkhize, an ANC councillor in Willowfountain, said Zondi’s fears of being attacked are unfounded and merely a ploy to score cheap political points.

He acknowledged that members of the ANC did go to her house when they were conducting a door-to-door campaign. “ … when they were passing by Fisani’s house they saw people removing pictures from election posters so they wanted to know which pictures were being removed,” said Mkhize.

He said he called the police to witness what was going on so that no one would accuse the ANC members of launching an attack. Mkhize said Zondi allowed them go into the house to search for ANC posters but they did not find them. Instead there were Cope posters.

“I would like to appeal to Fisani to stop using Dr Zweli Mkhize’s name when she has a problem with me,” said Mkhize.

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