Durban: pepper spray at MK talks

2010-07-05 00:00

POLICE had to use pepper spray to separate a scuffle that broke up during an ANC elective branch conference in Chesterville, Durban, yesterday.

According to Mlungisi Ndebele, the secretary of the Chesterville’s uMkhonto weSizwe Veterans’Association ­(MKVA), the scuffle broke up after some ANC members with valid membership cards were barred from entering the venue of the conference by the branch executive.

“People were also complaining that despite the fact that this was an elective conference, the announcement of the meeting was given at a very short notice. Blows were traded as some ANC members were blocked from coming to the meeting.”

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker confirmed that police were contacted to provide security a day before the meeting.

“During the meeting there were minor disturbances and the chairperson of the meeting requested police to remove people who were causing the conflict …” Naicker said.

Ndebele said the convenor of the conference, Bheki Ntshangase of the eThekwini region of the ANC, had to reschedule the conference for a date to be announced and elections did not take place.

“Some people had valid membership cards, but were not in the voters’ roll. As MKVA in the area we believe this was done deliberately in order to retain the executive that had been in the helm for the past 14 years.”


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