ANC to act against violence

2012-11-06 15:47

Johannesburg - The ANC promised on Tuesday to take action against its members involved in violence.

"The ANC has never condoned violence," said spokesperson Jackson Mthembu.

"If any of its members are found to be using violence to put forward their own interests, they will have no home in the ANC."

Violence has recently marred African National Congress branch meetings in Vereeniging, Gauteng; Gonubie, in the Eastern Cape; and Taung, in North West.

Mthembu said all ANC members and structures had to abide by the party's constitution. He encouraged members to lay charges if they were intimidated or assaulted, and to report the matter to a branch or higher structure of the ANC, so disciplinary processes could be initiated.

Perpetrators could be charged with conduct unbecoming of an ANC member, or with bringing the party into disrepute.

"All the branches of the ANC are fully cognisant of what needs to be done," he said.

Members of the party's national executive committee had been sent to every province to ensure preparations for the Mangaung conference in December were above board.

"Yes, we do have reports [of violence and intimidation] and we are dealing with those things that should not have happened," Mthembu said.

Fighting for our lives

In Vereeniging, three ANC members were assaulted after a branch meeting was aborted when the quorum was not met, according to the New Age.

One was said to be in a critical condition. One of the victims, Thabo Makhuma, told the newspaper three men followed them after the meeting.

"They first poured beer on us before assaulting us with empty bottles," he said.

ANC provincial spokesperson Dumisa Ntuli urged anyone who had been intimidated to lay a formal complaint, as similar incidents had been reported elsewhere, the New Age reported.

The Dispatch Online reported that an ANC branch meeting in the Eastern Cape ended in chair-throwing and injuries.

The Ward 28 branch, which includes parts of Gonubie and Beacon Bay, abandoned its meeting on Sunday after waiting eight hours for a quorum.

ANC Qinirha branch executive committee member Thulani Mthwa told the website only 46 of the 147 members needed for the quorum arrived.

It was facilitated by Buffalo City Metro regional executive committee member Mbulelo Nkonzo and regional chairperson Zukisa Faku.

When the postponement was announced, a member reportedly charged at Nkonzo.

"We tried to defuse the fight, but chairs were thrown at us. When we tried to run away, the doors were chained. We were left with no choice but to fight for our lives," branch executive committee member Mncekeleli Molose told the Dispatch Online.

He suffered a cut to the ear. Another member, Xolisa Jita, suffered jaw injuries. Both were hospitalised.

Argument broke out

North West police said on Monday they had arrested a man for his involvement in a shooting at an ANC meeting in Taung.

Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said the shooting occurred on Sunday while two ANC factions were engaged in a dispute in the Magogong village.

"One of the two fighting groups had a meeting at Magogong Primary School. The other group was not invited to the meeting which was aimed at... discussing the delegation to the ANC's conference in Mangaung," said Ngubane.

"There was a prior agreement between the two groups that they will jointly hold a meeting for that purpose."

The uninvited group was allegedly barred from entering the school by armed guards, and an argument broke out.

"One of the security guards inside the schoolyard drew a firearm and pointed [it at] one lady who was among the locked-out group, but no shot was fired," said Ngubane.

"A few moments after that, a shot was fired and that was when a man was hit in the right side of his chest."

The victim was in a serious, but stable condition at the Kimberley Provincial Hospital.

The man was to appear in the Taung Magistrate's Court on Tuesday. He faced charges of attempted murder, pointing a firearm, and the unlawful possession of a firearm.

  • talana.malherbe - 2012-11-06 15:50

    How about ANC will take action against its members involved in corruption????

      Peter VR - 2012-11-06 16:01

      that would leave almost nobody!

      arthurenlouise.tarr - 2012-11-06 16:07

      No NO NO!! Mr Jackson Mthembu.When Last had you have a chat with Zuma??? People must solve problems the African Way!

      rob.bancroft.94 - 2012-11-06 16:15

      Yes, that's right, they must bliksem them until they dont know whether they are arthur or martha! That's the African way.

      Dan - 2012-11-06 16:25

      Will they have a home in prison then ?

      arthurenlouise.tarr - 2012-11-06 16:26

      Exactly Tuner!! LOL

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2012-11-06 16:29

      You can't teach a bafoon new tricks. Barbaric is in there nature!

      SlipKnoT - 2012-11-06 16:40

      same old story from them blah blah blah blah blah,we want actions and not talk

      msophiasharp - 2012-11-06 16:54

      Tuner, love your comments but why drag my name (Martha) into this LOL!!!

      grant.hide - 2012-11-06 18:06

      They can build bunkers at each members house protecting them from the violence.

      lsfreak - 2012-11-06 19:12

      Wonder if this includes the the cANCer member that promoted violence last weekend :/

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-11-06 19:22

      Isn't it time the ANC stop "acting" and actually did something for a change, or did I misunderstand?

      tw2066 - 2012-11-06 21:16

      Haha ..even the ANC hate the ANC. poo p hol es.

      alf.pop - 2012-11-06 21:34

      Sorry talana - corruption is not seen as a crime in South Africa. Government and the ANC constantly talk about "CRIME AND CORRUPTION"! Therefore corruption is a different matter and part of the AFRICAN WAY propagated by Zipper Zooma himself!

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-11-06 15:58

    In the past, and even just today, they deny that it is ANC people who are the cause, so, this is just more hot air from a bunch of incompetent losers, who, as Mugabe is wont to say, have a degree in Violence.

      arthur.marks.754 - 2012-11-06 16:52

      @tuner, my name is arthur, please leave me out of this.

  • aspruyt - 2012-11-06 16:02

    Make up your minds! You use propaganda to incite violence over and over, the last threats being to Zille's visit to Nkandla, yet now you say it will not be tolerated. Hippocrates...

      theandystokes - 2012-11-06 16:16

      @morrisn2 - so your admiting the ANC is racist then seeing as they are fighting themselves... haha, moron.

      aspruyt - 2012-11-06 16:23

      morrisn2: Are you saying they are hypocrites? What is good for the goose is not good for the gander? HAHAHA. Also are you stating the violence is ok as long as it is not within the party? You are a fool!

      aspruyt - 2012-11-06 16:29

      morrisn2 - PS. Zille is not my madam and the only racist, self entitled, corrupt and incompetent players are you and your ANC scum. It is time to move on past your black and white blinkers.

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-11-06 16:03

    I wonder if the anc will use "traditional" methods when dealing with their violent comrades.

  • Musa Dube - 2012-11-06 16:04

    Tru,i agree with the guys saying this action is too late........people are doing what they want about us

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-11-06 16:04

    Will somebody please give Jackson a history book.

      klipkop.degroote - 2012-11-06 16:24

      and get him to a dentist pronto.

      steve.gibson.146612 - 2012-11-06 18:01

      And no more Bells!!

  • TshilidziPhuravhathu - 2012-11-06 16:05

    Should have started doing that in 1994

  • hitting.thefan - 2012-11-06 16:08

    Only the anti Zuma supporters will be effected if any!!!

  • cyril.laubscher - 2012-11-06 16:09

    "If any of its members are found to be using violence to put forward their own interests, they will have no home in the ANC." are they saying that if it is for the interest of the Party then its all good? Silly wording if you ask me

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-11-06 16:16

    Zuma got his supporters to block the road in a threatening and violent manner to keep Helen Zille from visiting his palace. ..Now throw him out the ANC party...!

      Havokreeka - 2012-11-06 18:33

      "If any of its members are found to be using violence to put forward their OWN interests" key word being "OWN" interests. It's still okay to kill for Zuma.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-06 16:22

    Blah Blah Blah. Pull the other leg. Violence and intimidation are synonymous with ANC. No mention of taking action when it's ANC against other parties or people, only internal violence.

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-11-06 16:24

    What about the anc members rioting in De doorns for example and looting the shops. Wheres the police?????/

  • debduplessis - 2012-11-06 16:26

    Definition of violence noun [mass noun] 1. behaviour involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill someone or something: violence erupted in protest marches domestic violence against women the fear of physical violence screen violence Law the unlawful exercise of physical force or intimidation by the exhibition of such force. 2.strength of emotion or of a destructive natural force: the violence of her own feelings OH GOOD!!!! This one we certainly going to hold you to... and now the ANC & all its Cadres will need to step down - good riddance to bad rubbish!

  • Tim Elliott - 2012-11-06 16:32

    unbeleivably these morons @ anc branch meetings are electing delegates to go to the Manguang circus to make decisions for SA.the sheer stupidity and lack of intellect does not bode well for our future!

  • altusvanzyl - 2012-11-06 16:38

    Pffft really? Now WHY do the ANC sing songs like shoot the boer and bring my machine gun??

  • raath - 2012-11-06 16:43

    Ironically this will just lead to more [in]fighting in the ANC.

  • john.comyn.18 - 2012-11-06 16:49

    There is no such thing as an election in Africa without violence.

  • bcluley - 2012-11-06 16:52

    What would Darwin say?

  • blindfolded.cynic - 2012-11-06 16:53

    Ho Hum... Yet another fine-sounding but empty promise from the ANC - as usual.

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-11-06 17:13

    Really now!

  • tshivhombelaf - 2012-11-06 17:40

    How can violence deal with violence? Mthembu last time you were singing violence against Zille and today you are singing a peace song.

  • jannie.visagie.35 - 2012-11-06 17:47

    Please leave the ANC alone they are on a very sucsefull path of self destruction. The exact path of destruction set in past by Africa...

  • strikeback.strikeback - 2012-11-06 17:48

    Now where have we seen this type of behaviour before? Cosatu, NUM, AMCO, FAWU, SACTWU, FAWU. You live by the sword .... Violence should be condemned all over, not when it hits close to home only.

  • jannie.visagie.35 - 2012-11-06 17:51

    Leave the ANCE alone, they are on a very fast and usefully path of self destruction, following the rest of Africa.

  • flysouth - 2012-11-06 17:52

    Then I must ask - when will you act against those 1000 or so members at Nkandla who were involved in intimidation and violence against the DA party on a public road?

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-06 18:04

    Anything the ANC says these days I take with a pinch of salt!!!!!

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-11-07 10:12

      Even with salt I am having trouble swallowing a lot of their nonsense

  • tiaan.vanderberg.75 - 2012-11-06 18:11

    Jackson my man. You cant stop it. You taught your constituency that this is the way. The way of violence is your way. The very moment the result of a democratic and a constitutional process does not suit you, you revert to violence. You only serve democracy, constitutionalism, capatilism and negotiation as a process as long as it serves you. Once the inevitable result of any of these processes are that you are not going to get it your way, instead of honouring these higher values, you revert to violence. Siesa man!

  • lee.brand.73 - 2012-11-06 18:21

    The ignorant resort to violence. For them there is no other way. They cannot articulate their thoughts into words. They are in the majority because education is dead. So this is where we are. Bye bye SA. Go if you can. The peasant revolt is starting.

  • dewaldmontgomery - 2012-11-06 18:22

    Nonsense. It won't work. Better idea: National register of people convicted of public violence and/or damaging of property. Dealt with in a special court. If guilty, no criminal offense, BUT your name is added to the register. If your name is on the register, NO VOTING RIGHTS FOR 10 YEARS.

  • phillip.marchant.52 - 2012-11-06 20:36

    That's right, Jackson. The ANC would never abide by violence of any sort. Well, maybe if someone was needed as the daily example and reminder to any of the comrades in Camp Quatro who might have wanted to question the good mother-party's motives. Oh, and perhaps if you weren't going to vote for our favourite president (yeees, that one) in the last elections. Eish, what did we tell that nkwengkweng to say? Hai, nobody knew we were only joking! But also perhaps we could make an exception if our democratic peoples strongholds like Cosatu House and 'Ek-kan-ja' (ha, ha - oh yes, he can!) are visited by the forces of evil and oppression who wear blue t-shirts, who threaten our personal safety by violently waving banners at us. And of course, those who don't want to go to underground to work in the money printing factories for Luthuli House sometimes need a little reminder of how important it is to us that this little income stream does not dry up. Nothing too serious, mind, it's just that so many poor are reliant on it, and we all know how much the ANC cares for the poor voters. And it's not only violence that the ANC condemns - we also hate lying! We never do it!

  • shaylene.stenger - 2012-11-06 21:12


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