Chaos over councillor candidates continues

2016-07-07 06:00

An early warning about angry ANC supporters helped police nip a violent protest in the bud.

ANC supporters in Ward 80, Cape Town burned tyres and barricaded Govan Mbeki Road during the early hours of yesterday morning.

Safety and Security MEC JP Smith said police were able to stop the protest action while there were only 10 protesters at the scene.

“We received reliable information that ANC supporters intended to riot because they do not support the ANC’s new councillor candidate.

“As soon as the police arrived, the protestors dispersed,” said Smith. The protest follows just days after Ward 40 ANC supporters unhappy with their ward councillor candidate set two Golden Arrow buses and a truck on fire. They barricaded the N2 in both directions and robbed motorists on Thursday.

A Ward 80 resident said: “ANC members visited the area on Sunday and announced the new candidate for Ward 80 as Nkululeko Mgolombane. We don’t want Mgolombane . We want Nontuthuzelo Arhosi. Mgolombane is corrupt! We will not vote if he remains.”

Western Cape ANC spokesman Yonela Diko said he was still trying to get information about the Ward 80 protest.

With regard to last week’s Ward 40 protest, he said: “We condemn this growing trend of hooligans who jump on the bandwagon of protests to commit crime.”

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