DA to lay charges after ANC supporters threaten to throw chairs at Khayelitsha event

2016-07-06 11:20
ANC supporters have disrupted a DA gathering in Khayelitsha. (Cameron Arendse)

Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance says it will lay intimidation charges with police and lodge a complaint with the Independent Electoral Commission after a group of African National Congress supporters threatened to throw chairs at its supporters at an event to introduce its ward candidates on Tuesday.

DA Cape Town media manager Cameron Arendse said police had eventually managed to remove the group of about 10 supporters wearing ANC T-shirts, who had been chanting and arguing with the DA members in Kuyasa, Khayelitsha.

Among those at the event were DA leader Mmusi Maimane and Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille.

"Despite this undemocratic behaviour on the part of the ANC, DA representatives and members remained disciplined and committed to not engaging in political violence," Arendse said.

The group of ANC supporters, made up mostly of older women, had picked up chairs and threatened to toss them at those in attendance.

"The ANC’s disruptive tactics and intimidation of our members and public representatives go against the very spirit of free and fair elections. In line with this, we will lodge a complaint with the IEC," he said.

ANC provincial executive committee spokesperson Jabu Mfusi said that those who had participated in the disruption were not necessarily ANC members, despite some of them wearing the party’s T-shirts.

"Our members are trained around the code of conduct of the IEC. We can’t and won’t prevent the DA or any other party from canvassing," he said.

Mfusi condemned the incident, saying the ANC did not encourage such tactics.

"But the DA also mustn’t be cry-babies. They want to win by hook or by crook. They don’t have support here. Khayelitsha is an ANC stronghold."

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