Cops called in to escort deputy minister out of rowdy ANC meeting

2017-08-26 19:44
Mcebisi Skwatsha (File, Gallo Images)

Mcebisi Skwatsha (File, Gallo Images)

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Cape Town - Deputy Minister of Rural Development Mcebisi Skwatsha had to be escorted out of an ANC meeting by police on Saturday in Nelson Mandela Bay.

Eastern Cape police spokesperson Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg said SAPS was called to assist Skwatsha at roughly 10:00, and shepherd him out of the ANC’s regional headquarters on Govan Mbeki Avenue in Port Elizabeth.

Skwatsha and colleagues had been holding a meeting there with Eastern Cape ANC branches.

Van Rensburg said she could not comment on why the police had been called in. She said no injuries had been reported. Police escorted Skwatsha back to his hotel.

Skwatsha and other high-ranking ANC colleagues arrived in Nelson Mandela Bay on Friday to preside over disputes among ANC branches, ahead of the party’s provincial congress. News24 could not reach Skwatsha immediately for comment.

An ANC member who attended Saturday’s meeting, but asked to remain anonymous as he was not to authorised to speak to the media, said delegates from some ANC branches were angry that they had been "disbanded without any valid reason" by Skwatsha.

ANC Eastern Cape spokesperson Gift Ngqondi said the party would put out a statement later on Saturday, after investigating what had happened.

Njqondi said he could not provide any comment yet.

The Eastern Cape ANC earlier this week announced that its provincial conference would take place between September 27 and 30.

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