Clermont: no violence as Lekota visits

2010-03-23 00:00

A VISIT by the Congress of the People (Cope) president, Mosioua Lekota, in the politically tense Clermont area in Durban yesterday proceeded without any violent incidents.

Lekota’s visit follows a spate of attacks in the area against Cope members.

On Sunday, Cope members said that five houses and shops belonging to members affiliated to the party were damaged and torched by about 200 people in the KwaShembe informal settlement in the area.

Cope’s provincial secretary, Philip Mhlongo, told The Witness yesterday that Lekota’s visit proceeded without hinderances.

Mhlongo said that the police also played their part in ensuring security for the party’s president.

During the attacks, the home of ward 22 branch chairwoman, Nonzuzo Hlongwane, was among the houses burnt on Sunday.

Last week the area was also engulfed in attacks and vandalism. Cope members blamed the ANC for the attacks.

ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said that the party’s branch structures are working with the police to quell the violence in the area.

Zikalala re-affirmed that the ANC did not mandate its members to carry out the attacks on Cope members.

“It is misleading to say that the ANC is behind the attacks,” he said.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.