If intimidation true, condemn it - ANC

2011-05-19 19:39

Pretoria - If the alleged intimidation by ANC residents of DA supporters in Midvaal were true, it should be condemned in the strongest terms, ANC chairwoman Baleka Mbete said at the IEC results centre in Pretoria on Thursday.

"[That behaviour] is not ANC culture. It’s the last thing we need," Mbete said.

"We condemn it in the strongest terms."

African National Congress residents apparently tried to burn down the homes of Democratic Alliance supporters in Midvaal on Thursday.

Midvaal mayor Timothy Nasty also claimed that a group of ANC supporters unhappy with the DA's victory in Midvaal had intimidated community members on Thursday morning.

"A group of disgruntled ANC members who were unhappy with the outcome of the elections went around making noise and intimidating community members in the Sicelo area this morning," he said.

He said the protesters had "gone around intimidating people and asking people who they had voted for".

"My concern is that the ANC has a membership base that don't accept the results of a democratic election," he said.

The DA won 60.71% of the vote in the tightly-fought Midvaal area, and the ANC 37.17%

DA leader Helen Zille, said earlier that the win showed "an increased maturity" in voting.

The election had helped the DA "break through race being the primary issue", she said.


Asked about the ANC’s intense campaigning in Midvaal only to lose, Mbete said the party tried its best.

"The DA have taken it and we congratulated them," she said.

"We have to go back," she said, echoing the words of ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe earlier on Thursday.

He said the ANC was "very disappointed" at losing Midvaal to the DA.

"The ANC must work harder, we are not doing well in the minority areas," Mantashe said.

"We are sorry we didn't take it.... We really wanted it."

He said the ANC needed also to "invest more time" in areas such as Eldorado Park, southern Johannesburg, which had "shifted" its vote.

On the overall results so far, Mbete said the ANC was happy and that it had even gained votes in areas where there had been a number of service delivery protests.

The victory in Nelson Mandela Bay had left the party overjoyed.

  • Thandiwe83 - 2011-05-19 19:55

    REMOVE TIMOTHY NASTY PLEASE - he is TIMOTHY NAST! This is 3rd world journalism and we are meant to be a G20 country!

      gizzy - 2011-05-19 20:07

      And replace him with???? Hope not you if your little posts are anything to go by!

      Thandiwe83 - 2011-05-19 20:30

      @gizzy? I assume you are retarded? Timothy Nast's name was spelt Timothy Nasty in the article. I wondered if this is a news24 partisan joke? Sad that you did not read the article or that you were unable to muster enough brain cells to deduce what I said. For the record am delighted that Mr Nast once again.

      aarchaic - 2011-05-19 21:25

      must have been a typo, doubt its a joke. T and Y is next to each other on the keyboard. but they should prove read things like this...

  • slg - 2011-05-19 20:18

    This is obviously positive, provided it is followed up with action to remove the intimidators from society, until they Chang their ways. But what about mental-emotional intimidation? Jacob Zuma intimidated large sections of the South Africa population by threatening that their ancestors would disown them unless they voted ANC.

  • Fred - 2011-05-19 20:42

    I'm sorry, "not ANC culture". Hell yes it is! Your president threatened your own supporters with the wrath of your ancestors and JuJu is still chanting calls to commit genocide. Both cases are intimidation. Please Mbete you're not kidding anybody.

      Thandiwe83 - 2011-05-19 20:48

      Hear hear

      LUFC - 2011-05-19 21:07

      There is no point trying to link an ANC statement with an ANC action. The problem is they don't actually understand the meaning of anything that they say. Political version of pumpkin patch.

  • Joe - 2011-05-19 21:02

    Baleka, are we talking about the same ANC here? "[Intimidation] is not ANC culture. It’s the last thing we need," Maybe you should explain it to showerhead and his lapdog first before trying to convince us

  • LUFC - 2011-05-19 21:06

    Hahaha "If" it is true.

  • aarchaic - 2011-05-19 21:30

    I was listening to 702 talk radio this morning when this came up. They played a sound clip where alot of people was saying they are going to burn down all the DA supporter shacks not tomorrow today still. My question is if its on radio sound clips their must be video footage why is it mentioned as "alleged intimidation by ANC" and the person not charged with intimidation and arrested?

  • Amos Mcinga - 2011-05-20 08:07

    I was both perplexed and agitated by the statement made by Baleka Mbete on SAFM, on 19th May 2011. She uttered words that you would not expect from a senior politician, which is contrary to what she says in this article. She insinuated that coloured voters in the western cape are vulnerable voters. This statement concludes that Coloureds cannot make choices for themselves.She says this in times when the ANC is trying to get votes from the so-called coloureds. This is exactly the mentality that most members of the ANC potrays.They have little or no regard for other races. This statement says to me she thinks blacks can make political choices and therefore they are politically superior than the coloureds. This mentality fuels hatred and violence which already exists in our communities.The so called coloureds communities and blacks in the townships are trying to be at peace with each other.She must first condemn her stagnant and racial mentality before she can be a leader. Amos Mcinga

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