Mpuma EFF claims ANC attacked its members

2016-03-10 13:23

Mbombela - The EFF in Mpumalanga has accused police of protecting “rogue” ANC members it claims attacked its members.

EFF provincial leader Collen Sedibe claimed police failed to arrest ANC members who allegedly attacked his party's agents during the voter registration weekend in Nkomazi.

An EFF member from Schoemansdal was struck in the chest with a stone on Sunday. He lost consciousness and was hospitalised. Another party member was left with a bloodied nose, Sedibe said on Wednesday.

“The police were there watching, but the only thing they did was to open a common assault case instead of arresting the ANC members for attempted murder.” 

ANC provincial secretary Mandla Ndlovu said his members in Nkomazi had denied there was a fight. He said the EFF opened the case to provoke the ANC and tarnish its image.

“Card-carrying ANC members are well-disciplined. They know we don’t fight our people,” he said.

EFF provincial command member Tsepo Mnisi, who was at the incident, said the victim, Simphiwe Ngwenya, was recovering well at Tonga Hospital.

“He has regained his strength but is still receiving treatment. The hospital management said they were keeping him for further observation but he will be released at anytime. The second member was treated and released on Sunday,” Mnisi said.

Provincial police spokesperson Sergeant Gerald Sedibe said no arrests had been made, but several people were taken in for questioning. Statements were taken and the matter was sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for a decision on how to proceed.

Sedibe said the EFF had opened the case of common assault.

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