ANC calls for charges after Rustenburg council sitting brawl

2016-08-20 08:55
ANC members demand to be let in by police. (Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

ANC members demand to be let in by police. (Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

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Mahikeng - The ANC will ask the Rustenburg council to lay criminal charges against those who were involved in a brawl which broke out during its first sitting at the local civic centre on Friday.

This after an ANC supporter was assaulted by EFF supporters who were trying to bar the ANC from entering a hall from where members of the public were meant to observe proceedings.

Angry ANC supporters flooded the entrance, demanding that the police remove the EFF. More than a hundred ANC supporters, dressed in party T-shirts, then tried to force their way in as police pushed them out of the hall.

ANC supporters told police they would not leave the hall until they had drawn EFF blood.

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said the party condemned the violence.

'Barbaric act, masked as revolutionarism'

"This kind of violent behaviour is totally unacceptable and it has no place in a constitutional democracy. The council chambers are instruments of democracy that were created to facilitate the provision of infrastructure, services and support to the people of South Africa," he said in a statement.

"This barbaric act, masked as revolutionarism, seeks to derail our transformation agenda, and we reject it with the contempt it deserves."

He appealed for decorum from all political parties "so that at the end of the day, democracy is the winner".

"Our message serves to remind political leaders of their profound responsibility to act with the sole objective to defuse violence. The ANC as the leader of society, has a zero-tolerance attitude towards any of our members who are involved in any acts of violence.

“We will therefore ask the council to institute criminal charges against the perpetrators of this violence, including any of our members."

Kodwa said the incident "shows the intensity of hatred by the opposition coalition towards the ANC".

"We ask our members and supporters to remain disciplined. These coalitions are not based on any common ideology, nor are they based on a desire to serve the interest of our people. It is for that reason that we will continue to engage all parties where there are possibilities for co-operation. In the next week, as the ANC we will issue an update on the status of coalitions."

Read more on:    anc  |  eff  |  zizi kodwa  |  mahikeng  |  local elections 2016  |  politics

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