Protestors arrested and charged

2016-04-28 06:00

A TOTAL of 22 people were arrested following a political riot near Port Edward on Monday morning.

All were charged with public violence and appeared in Ramsgate Court the same afternoon.

Three of the protestors face an additional charge of arson.

“Some were released on bail,” said police spokesperson Captain Gerald Mfeka.

Angry protestors from Latshoda and Tongazi between Munster and Leisure Bay, barricaded the roads with rocks and burning tyres at 3am. Demonstrators also stoned vehicles as motorists drove by.

It is alleged that protestors were acting out after the ANC elected a new councillor to stand in the upcoming local government elections. Their main concern is that Noloyiso Gwegwana is not from the area.

“Police were called out to attend to the scene and arrested several people. The riots stopped and the road was opened to the public. Police remained in the area for the day to monitor the situation,” said Mfeka.

Mwandile Makhwanazi, regional chair for the ANC, said the incident was uncalled for and people of Ward 1 should not have resorted to violence.

“We have a process where we select four people who meet the criteria as ward councillor. We then hold a meeting between the ward and these four candidates which allows the community to engage with them. The community then chooses which candidate they think is most suitable to be a councillor for the area,” he said.

Makhwanazi said the ANC is the only political party that conducts such a process where the community chooses who they would like to represent them.

“This meeting was disrupted last week because the people of Ward 1 didn’t want to talk about their concerns. Monday’s incident was uncalled for as ward one was given a chance to voice their concerns in a proper forum but they chose to get violent and harm innocent people,” he said.

Makhwanazi added that the meeting will still take place soon and that the ANC was looking at options to make it happen.


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