Alleged DA members arrested for removing ANC posters

2019-04-18 21:21
Pro-Cyril Ramaphosa ANC members picket outside ANC provincial offices in Durban yesterday.PHOTO: Ian Carbutt

Police have arrested two men for removing ANC posters in Midrand on Wednesday, Midrand police spokesperson Constable Elliot Mabulane told News24. 

Mabulane said the two men claimed to be members of the DA.

In a statement released on Thursday, ANC Gauteng spokesperson Tasneem Motara, said the DA had reached, "new levels of desperation". 

"The fact that the DA can hire people to conduct acts of criminality during an election period is truly a new low - even for a party as desperate as the DA. As the ANC, we will not take the theft of our property lightly," she said. 

Motara said the ANC would be lodging a complaint with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to look into the "gross infringement of the Code and call for a heavy sanction that will send a strong message to those that seek to undermine our democracy".

DA communications director Mabine Seabe denied any party involvement, saying that it had established the suspects were from a private company. 

Seabe said anyone found guilty of removing party paraphernalia must face the full extent of the law. 

"It's opportunistic for the ANC to lay blame on the DA for this matter when it's quite clear that the gentlemen who were apprehended are not associated with the DA."

Mabulane said the two men appeared in court on Thursday. He could not immediately confirm which court they had appeared in or what the outcome of the court appearance was. 

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