Politics divides Eastern Cape family

2011-05-11 11:06

Port Elizabeth - A high school pupil says he has been kicked out of his family home by his ANC-supporting brother, for apparently supporting Cope.

The Times reported on Wednesday that Owen Qebi was allegedly kicked out by his brother Ntsikelelo Qebi, over his "odd" choice of Cope.

Ntsikelelo is an ANC candidate for ward 3 in Sterstroom, near Queenstown, in the upcoming local government elections.

Owen, who is a Grade 11 pupil at the local Siyaphakama Senior Secondary, said his problems began in 2008 when he joined the Congress of the People.

He said Ntsikelelo ordered his sisters to dish up supper for him only after everyone had eaten. His TV viewing time was also limited.

"My brother used to say, 'you are not going to watch a TV set bought by ANC money, and you won't eat food bought by ANC money'," said Owen.


He was locked out of his home on Thursday last week after he had gone campaigning door-to-door for Cope.

"My brother told me to find alternative accommodation. He burned all my clothes in the backyard, including a pair of shoes he recently bought for me.

"I am homeless now for choosing Cope over ANC."

Owen moved in with a neighbour.

"This does not concern you. You've got nothing to do with it. I won't comment to any media about it," Ntsikelelo told the daily newspaper.

Ntsikelelo works as an assistant at the local municipal library and is the breadwinner for the Qebi family.

  • michaelx - 2011-05-11 11:16


  • Steen - 2011-05-11 11:17

    Now this is crazy, no one should be forced to support a particular party. this is just crazy period.

  • ji - 2011-05-11 11:21

    typical mentality of the retards that support the ANC . uneducated ANC fool is jealous his brother is at school getting an education and is clever enough not to support the ANC .

      whatsinaname - 2011-05-11 11:51

      Yes, it shows the education level of ANC ward councillors...librarian assistants FFS!!!

  • Damask - 2011-05-11 11:28

    All this from an ANC ward candidate? lol, I feel sorry for that young guy

  • saabnut - 2011-05-11 11:29

    I don't believe the rest of his family are true ANC supporters. If they were, they would have killed him. That seems to be the way of the party...

  • FaxM8 Fax - 2011-05-11 11:29

    See money is thicker than blood , Only thing he sees is the nice merc the other anc bigshots drive , for that he will kick he's brother out. He is a true anc candidate.

  • kolobe - 2011-05-11 11:29

    lol imagined if that boy supported the da/ff+

      Happy-go-lucky - 2011-05-11 12:21 sure with the way that you guys handle things..."corrective rape" would have been an option, wouldn't it?

      Psychotron - 2011-05-11 12:34

      Democracy ANC style isn't it. You voted for democracy so people have freedom of choice, now you condone this practise?

      kolobe - 2011-05-11 13:12

      i dont condone it. the older brother just feels mocked. imagine if your son arrived home in an anc sure you wouldnt be happy about it. its also funny

      Psychotron - 2011-05-11 13:31

      I wouldn't be happy but I am not cruel either. But my son would be taught not to vote ANC and of course he will see all the bad things the ANC do everyday on tv for himself. - 2011-05-11 15:18

      @ Happy-go-lucky, gees now you are generalising - 'the way YOU GUYS'.. KOLOBE made a statement without any comment of where he is ok with it or not.i thought the comment was rather true and funny.

      Happy-go-lucky - 2011-05-11 15:37 some time to read Kolobe's comments on various news articles. This is an exception where she/he/it hasn't directly discriminated white people. I do apologies if my comment does come through a bit harsh, but i do read these articles every day, and people like Kolobe, don't belong on these forums. The comments coming from Kolobe usually intise racial hatred. The way i read her/him/it's comments is ALWAYS with a dash of salt, as i am very sure that as innocent as the comment came across, 99% of people on this forum do exactly the same - 2011-05-11 16:03

      At Happy-go-lucky.. i also read these news articles daily, i was just commenting on this comment he made here. i was unaware of the other articles..but like i said, i was just commenting on this comment of this article as you seemed quite harsh with such a little comment of kolobe. If i offended you, i do apologise.

      Oom_Jaco - 2011-05-11 16:09

      I have to agree with Happy here @oh.Wow. No-one on News24 seems to run the right way with Kolobe, Desciple13, WorstNightmare etc. In the past, these are the 'trolls' that pollute these pages with racial hatred to the white man. Kudos to Happy for speaking his/her mind, and saving (as he says - which is quite accurate) 99% of us.

      Happy-go-lucky - 2011-05-11 16:30 no worries man...thanks for "talking" and not coming at me "with a stick" lol

  • saabnut - 2011-05-11 11:31

    If he wants my help, I will donate new clothes. And I am NOT a COPE supporter. Just imagine what would happen if he told his older brother he was gay!!!

      Fosbrian - 2011-05-11 11:49

      pls tell the guy to email me at i will donate clothes and monet... but am a DA supporter, DA is for love not hate, so let him email me and we will arange.

      AJ - 2011-05-11 12:02

      You donating a monet? That is generous!!!

      Inja - 2011-05-11 12:15

      I'd take the Monet if I was him. Regardless of who it came from. A bit whimsical for my taste, but a great nest egg.

      rammstein.f4n - 2011-05-11 14:00

      Can we set something up for him? I'm also willing to donate money to him.

      Perfume - 2011-05-11 14:15

      Good suggestion all, I am certain the young man will appreciate all the help he can get :)

      saabnut - 2011-05-11 14:36

      @ Fosbrian,rammstein.f4n , and possibly Perfume: Anyone with any ideas as to how to set this up without being hunted down and necklaced by a disgruntled gang of ANC goons??? Perhaps News24 could help...

      rammstein.f4n - 2011-05-11 14:40

      Yeah I have to add that I'm not giving my money to a person I don't know. An organisation or a fund managed by an independent (and trustworthy) party, I will gladly give to.

      Fosbrian - 2011-05-11 16:28

      why do negetive ppl comment where its not neccesary, i mean i meant money when i mispelt it with monet" grow up and start living like an udult, if u have no comment or valid one to say just go to the toilet... DA means business, service delivery and love.

      johncarlos.biza - 2011-05-11 20:15

      Email the News24 editor and he might help

  • jvdspuy - 2011-05-11 11:33

    THE most shocking thing isn't because of who they support, it's that they're supposed to be family and family support each other no matter what...correct? It's a very sad case. My family bond is not dependant on whom i support, what i believe, where i stay etc. etc. etc.

  • IandI - 2011-05-11 11:35

    The ANC president has been joking about this to his followers. I quote:" if your boyfriend/girlfriend does not vote ANC, dump them". The opposition is called "cockroaches" by Juju, next it will be murder.

      Katar - 2011-05-11 13:35

      in almost every civil war, tribal war and ish in Africa the aim is to "get rid of the cockroaches" :-(

  • stukyster - 2011-05-11 11:36

    This is why your vote is your secret.

      tkotze - 2011-05-11 11:42

      But it shouldn't be a problem making you political choice public, should it? My condolences to the young boy. He would be one of the candidates I would choose to support and help build a better future even if he does not support the same political party I do. Now if I could just get either an income tax break, or a fuel tax break, or get decent national service from government from the tax money they receive I might be able to cancel my medical aid, pay less for retirement, less on armed response, less on insurance etc and then I can think about supporting needy people like this boy.

  • mursebul - 2011-05-11 11:40

    Keep your integrity, faith and vote for who you believe in, unless you would like to join the rest of the corrupt and support the corrupt.

  • clint.dixon2 - 2011-05-11 11:41

    What happened to political tolerance that the ANC speaks of? On the other hand I must agree that its kinda hard to be a ANC candidate when your own family wont support you, or supports another party. Its just not good PR...clearly its to late, the news is Really a catch 22 situation. Lets hope some sanity rains and the (ANC)brother will invite his (COPE)brother back home the Prodigal son of old. Talk about history repeating itself :-))

      Zamaswazi - 2011-05-11 12:02

      @Clint.dixon2 - It seems as if political tolerance does not exist in SA. Insults are flying from all sides. You find some DA supporters calling blacks neanderthals. ANC supporters on the other hand are calling non-ANC blacks traitors. It's just too hectic. I'm taking my vote elsewhere until both groups learn tolerance, respect & some maturity.

      ConcernedMom - 2011-05-11 14:10

      @Zamaswazi - I too wish people would apply the same rules to themselves as they expect from others. This mud-slinging and name calling makes me sick.

  • OuWitBooi - 2011-05-11 11:41

    The same policy applies from the top down. You can't get a job in any government structure unless you are a card carrying cadre. And to really get ahead you must be in the right faction with in the ANC. You can see it from the way people like Cele get rewarded with top jobs for which they have no training, skill or ability - only because he voted the right way at Polokwane. This short term greedy outlook has destroyed all the African countries to the North, and now it is happening here. The ANC can't plan (or even see) beyond tomorrow.

      Sabhokhwe Socingo - 2011-05-11 14:28

      I would say beyond today.

  • Protest - 2011-05-11 11:52

    Very democratic of this ANC supporting individual......NOT! My hat off to Owen Qebi for resisting the Inhumane and dehumanizing intimidation ANC tactics by his brother.

  • scooter moepeng - 2011-05-11 11:55

    jerr mann, that guy is inept... only people who are supporting cANCer are doing that>> shame on cANCer people.. mhhh

  • AmandaWhereTo - 2011-05-11 12:01

    When will these cretins learn that a political party isn't a family. It's like a business partnership where if someone fails the people (or business) they get the axe. This is the only way for things to get done and get done properly. The stakes are too high for people to treat a party as a family member who you stick by through thick and thin.

      Perfume - 2011-05-11 14:17

      @Amanda to them the ANC is like a demi-god!!

  • WillF - 2011-05-11 12:03

    Here we have a school kid kicked out of his home by an ANC candidate. Isn't the ANC supposed to by supporting good family values? This could be an issue for the ConCourt. I hope a lawyer takes it up.

  • AJ - 2011-05-11 12:06

    This whole story is so..... not surprising, sadly.

      Psychotron - 2011-05-11 12:35

      That's what you get when you still have a terrorist mindset.

  • Bennie - 2011-05-11 12:06

    Grade 11 learner in 2011 joined COPE in 2008 ? How old is this Scolar??

      Uthando - 2011-05-11 12:23

      I was thinking the same thing. I thought you had to be 18+yrs to vote? And he joined Cope in 2008....Go figure.

      Rev. H-Cubed - 2011-05-11 14:06

      You can join a political party at any age. Sure, you can only vote after you turn 18, but that doesn't mean you can't be a valuable contributor to the party. Seems to me this young man has been the victim of a crime - intimidation, coercion, call it what you will, it is illegal to punish a person for exercising the democratic right to choose your own leader. Hopefully this will filter through to the IEC, and that they take some action.

  • thinker - 2011-05-11 12:12

    So he got the job only because of cader deployment. Hence ANC Money.

  • mufasa - 2011-05-11 12:14

    While you are at it why not kick out your sister who likes caramel instead of chocolate like you? or for the fact that she does not like the same brand of clothes? or go fight with your neighbor because his car does not shine as much as yours? Have you forgotten what you fought for for so long, freedom of choice, respect in differences AKA---- DEMOCRACY---- it took us since 1652 to get here maybe in another 200 years you will have learned.

  • pensionmaster - 2011-05-11 12:17

    This is insane........He is not even the owner of the property. He is just a breadwinner in the house which they all share together. He must get out and leave the family alone. Poor schoolboy.

  • BurnInEffigy - 2011-05-11 12:18

    Im sure COPE will help the dude... Maybe?

      IandI - 2011-05-11 15:06

      Not a chance. Lekota vs Shilowa fight is still on.Round number 2000 of 1 billion rounds. Anyone still watching...ZZZZZZZZZZZ!

  • BurnInEffigy - 2011-05-11 12:20

    You know Baboons also kick out unwanted siblings... when they eat the fruit of the wrong wild fig tree...

  • zistros - 2011-05-11 12:20

    this article is bull... it's all politics. they were just selling paper.

  • Mike or Mpho - 2011-05-11 12:31


  • Kevin - 2011-05-11 12:32

    You support Cope.It is the right thing to do. A vote for the anc is a vote for overspending ,under delivery and a bad dose of corruption.

  • Craig44 - 2011-05-11 12:35

    The cANCer spreads!!!Not only is it destroying a country and a nation but it is destroying families. cANCer = Economically corrupt, Morally Corrupt and evidently Anti-Democracy. C'mon Nawe??? No verbal puddle of puke from you yet... We all wait anxiously for your putrid views

  • sizwemqobo - 2011-05-11 12:40

    Bennie and Uthando what exactly is you issue here? Think before you think garbage

  • Marius - 2011-05-11 12:45

    Its called "Sterkstroom" News24 - not "Sterstroom".

  • Psalm - 2011-05-11 12:50

    "Ntsikelelo is an ANC candidate for ward 3 in Sterstroom" If he treats his own younger brother like this, what hell will he dish out to the community at large?

  • Pamela - 2011-05-11 12:56

    How mature. yet another family who never had morals instilled in them. I guess their parents were too busy freedom fighting to raise their children properly. sad

  • Thandiwe83 - 2011-05-11 13:01

    This prospective councillor will lose for his nasty behaviour.

  • Pumelele - 2011-05-11 13:09

    This guy is right because this kid has betraid him.

      AmandaWhereTo - 2011-05-11 14:12

      Uh huh. Exercising his democratic right, how DARE he??! You can't chose your family, but you can chose your political party. That's why the ANC is nobody's family. Funny how these idiots will kick out a family member for not towing the line, but the ANC won't kick out Malema. You have your family values a bit mixed up there people.

      Perfume - 2011-05-11 14:18


  • changeisGood - 2011-05-11 13:20

    The irony in many of the comments in this is that if you choose to vote for the ANC, then it's okay to be called names like retard, stupid, uneducated, ugodly etc, etc....

      WhiteAfrican - 2011-05-11 15:20

      If you don't learn from previous mistakes and continue to support a party which is clearly above the law and gets away with corruption etc. (I could go on but we all know News24 has an unstable commentary section and I would probably crash it if I had to list them all) then maybe you deserve to be called things such as stupid.

      changeisGood - 2011-05-11 16:09

      what the f.. has the DA done for me to deserve my Vote?

      WhiteAfrican - 2011-05-12 09:01

      Maybe you should give them a shot at doing something for you.

  • WhiteAfrican - 2011-05-11 13:27

    Ntsikelelo sounds, ahem... well basically like an ANCer

  • changeisGood - 2011-05-11 13:27

    a question to FF+, DA and COPE supporting Parents, what would you do if your child comes home one day and tells you they decided to join cANCer as you refer to our organisation? honest answer?

      Psychotron - 2011-05-11 13:33

      They won't, they will be well educated and can see the evil that the ANC does day in day out.

      changeisGood - 2011-05-11 13:49

      @Psychotron: you are very arrogant to think all those who suppots ANC are stupid and uneducated. narrow minded, inconciderate, exactly like the person been refered to in this article no difference!

      WhiteAfrican - 2011-05-11 14:18

      I would support my childs decision because its THEIR choice to make. I wouldn't necessarily agree with it but I certainly wouldn't throw them out on the street.

      Maddy-CT - 2011-05-11 14:33

      If she did she would have a good reason for it, and I would respect her decision.

      gizzy - 2011-05-11 15:00

      I wouldn't know who my children voted for because I don't care. It's their choice! If they were purple, one legged, gay, green or pink, it wouldn't bother me as they'd still be MY children that I chose to have!

      SF - 2011-05-11 15:01

      @changeisgood - how could an educated person, fully aware of our corrupt and racist government still want to support the ANC? They are instilling hatred in this country. No intelligent, broad minded and considerate person would follow a monkey.

      Dirty Panda - 2011-05-11 18:12

      Ok I am white and one of my closest friends is black. We are both well educated individuals. In the up coming elections he will vote ANC and I will more than likely vote DA. And we both know this and discuss it on a regular basis. So should we judge each other for our decisions and no longer be friends. It is a totally ridiculous concept. We will always be friend despite our political differences and disagreements. This country needs more education when it comes to politics and voting.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-05-11 13:33

    Born stupid, will die stupid...born ANC will & die ANC...

      WhiteAfrican - 2011-05-11 14:19

      No brain no pain

  • swoan - 2011-05-11 14:12

    he's the one buying food and providing for them, they have to submit to him! I'll do the same!

      Marius - 2011-05-11 14:20

      Wow! How modern you are in your thinking swoan.

      WhiteAfrican - 2011-05-11 14:31

      I bet you're the kind of guy who beats his wife too and thinks its ok because you paid a couple of cows for her, eh? Back to the dark ages with you.

      gizzy - 2011-05-11 15:02

      So, what you're saying he is an animal? Animals submit! Humans were given superior brains for????????

  • Perfume - 2011-05-11 14:13

    Association of National Criminals I hope you all will step in and solve this family fued!!!!!!!

  • swoan - 2011-05-11 14:14

    let cope provide for him, period!

  • Neles - 2011-05-11 14:41

    imagine if this was a FF+ family with one sibling supporting the ANC. I wonder how that family would have reacted. Probably insulted him everyday ala news24 commentator style lol

      gizzy - 2011-05-11 16:53

      Why? Do you know it for a fact or are you assuming as usual?

  • What_now - 2011-05-11 14:52

    This is so typical ANC. I see it everyday. They treat their own people worse than any appartheid era ever could.

  • Kim - 2011-05-11 15:27

    If he was in J'burg I'd offer him a temporary home - he'd have to sleep on the couch though. I'm not sure he'd want to share a converted garage with a "criminal" white though!! Owen, I really hope somebody helps you out because the ANC sure isn't going to.

  • Shane - 2011-05-11 16:02

    Wouldn't it be great if we could all somehow contribute just R50 each (or more) for this poor guy to give him a boost. I pray someone will take him in and care for him and that he will not have to be forced into supporting the undemocratic, racist ANC just so that he can survive.

  • Milana - 2011-05-11 16:16

    "Eating ANC money, watching ANC money" how stupid

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  • Equal rights - 2011-05-11 16:24

    Typical of SA youth being "Americanised" in garnering the media's attention....when rational communication could have solved all of this heartache...

  • farmworker - 2011-05-11 18:51

    I think you deserve it boy,You should know better. Your brother is a candidate and for that what put food on the table. So if you can't support him on that one how on earth do you want him to support you. So go where you loyalty is. You should have rather waited until you are independent your fool

      gizzy - 2011-05-11 19:37

      Stuff off you ignorant troll!! Your comments are meaningless because the discussion ended hours ago! ha!ha!

      farmworker - 2011-05-11 19:49

      @gizzy Yey Player hater one. You seem to have too much anger but don't you will grow one and you will know how it feels to be a Man, but for now stay put