DA condemns SANDF for furniture dumping fracas at PE City Hall

2016-11-06 18:55
An army truck loaded with furniture at the Port Elizabeth City Hall.  (Kristoff Adelbert)

An army truck loaded with furniture at the Port Elizabeth City Hall. (Kristoff Adelbert)

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Durban – The Eastern Cape DA has condemned a group of armed soldiers who used army trucks to dump furniture at the Port Elizabeth City Hall and ram a government vehicle on Friday.

About 30 soldiers armed with R-4 rifles and using four trucks were involved, DA shadow MEC for safety and security, Bobby Stevenson, said on Sunday.

"This unlawful behaviour is a direct assault on a democratically elected government. This kind of lawlessness can never be tolerated in a democratic state. The SANDF must make an example of those involved in this incident so this culture does not spread further," Stevenson said.

The soldiers had apparently been evicted from a nearby military base earlier on Friday.

SANDF spokesperson Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga said people living in three military houses at the army support base in Port Elizabeth were occupying them in violation of rules governing the allocation of military housing. The three houses were identified for evictions.

He said the matter would be investigated.

Stevenson alleged that soldiers ignored a police lieutenant colonel on the scene.

"The SAPS must take this up with the SANDF as a matter of urgency. We cannot allow mutiny to break out in South Africa," he said.

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