Intimidation not widespread, ANC claims

2012-11-14 17:47

Johannesburg - The intimidation at ANC branch general meetings is not widespread, the party in Gauteng said on Wednesday.

"The ANC, MKMVA [MK Military Veterans Association], ANCYL [ANC Youth League] and ANCWL [ANC Women's League] leadership in Gauteng have amicably dealt with all incidents of disruption, violence, assaults and intimidation in... branches at Ekurhuleni, Sedibeng and [the] West Rand," spokesperson Dumisa Ntuli said in a statement.

"The ANC Gauteng is also dealing with all complaints of intimidation, procedures flouted, and incidents of assaults and disruption of meetings."

Ntuli said most of the incidents had been resolved.

Disciplinary measures would be taken against those who were responsible.

"The ANC will take action against ill-disciplined members who disrupt meetings, assault fellow members and intimidate others for nomination of leaders towards the Mangaung conference."

An armed gang reportedly stormed an ANC branch meeting in Ekurhuleni and allegedly threatened to shoot anti-Zuma supporters.

Eyewitness Sbongile Ntlonti said the gang - nine men and a woman - intimidated branch members at Rondebult, near Spruitview, The Star newspaper reported.

This was because they believed these members wanted to nominate Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe as the ruling party's new leader, instead of President Jacob Zuma.

The pro-Zuma group claimed they were from the ANC's Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans' Association.

Beside these few reports of violence at BGMs, Ntuli said over 300 branches in the province had held successful meetings, and the provincial nomination conference would take place as planned.

During the meetings branches nominated their preferred candidates for the ANC elective conference.

  • goeie.jaarling - 2012-11-14 17:52

    Jy kan hom uit die bos haal...maar jy sal nooit die bos uit hom haal nie!

      godfrey.welman - 2012-11-14 18:16

      @Goeie...baie waar!! to the ANC its not a case of how wide spread it is, the fact that there is intimadation is of concern for our democracy.

      ratsaka.eugene - 2012-11-14 18:17

      Exactly, a bushman will always remain a bushman, and a racist hypocrite will also stay the same, despite living with the civilised civilised lol

      luther.kingsley.5 - 2012-11-14 18:33

      18 years since 1994, and we still have not proven Malan and Vervoerd wrong... what an utter disappointment.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-11-14 18:50

      Model T Fords were available only in Black.

      Claudia_Meads - 2012-11-15 11:26

      "...Intimidation not widespread...". Sure and Zuma is the best president SA has ever had...

  • luther.kingsley.5 - 2012-11-14 17:53

    Well done ANC, if you can't beat the DA, make the WC ungovernable.

      luther.kingsley.5 - 2012-11-14 18:01

      ANC must hire the DA leaders for 1 year of schooling on how to lead and govern.... this barbaric tactics of theirs wont be tolerated for much longer.

      morne.demeillon - 2012-11-14 18:08

      I wonder which is more widespread, ANC intimidation or corruption - its difficult to say!

      art5SA - 2012-11-14 21:30

      Morne... it is even par... for both!

      art5SA - 2012-11-14 21:33

      ANC is seriously in TATTERS.... with this whole Mangaung conference! The "LEFT hand" doth not know what the "right hand" is upto.... and NEITHER TRUSTS EACH OTHER!!!! I seriously HOPE and PRAY, that ZUma is unseated in December!!!! Am pretty sure CHAIRS WILL BE THROWN.... Expect a BUMPY RIDE after the conference...

      jc.jonck - 2012-11-15 10:34

      @art5SA. I don't think after Mangaung the unrest would be limited to chairs being thrown, unfortunately.

  • - 2012-11-14 17:57

    Who do they think they are fooling?

  • freddie.jones.58367 - 2012-11-14 18:01

    "Intimidation not widespread" Is this is supposed to make everything OK? ANY intimidation is wrong. ANY violence is not only wrong it is ILLEGAL. The police should be called in as a matter of course. To not call in the police is surely a crime in itself.

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-11-14 18:42

      No no, you got it all wrong, this is solving problems the "African way", ala Zuma. I can see the aftermath of Mangaung now, lunatics running wild and killing each other because their chosen one was not elected. Popcorn anyone?

  • tobydt - 2012-11-14 18:14

    "Intimidation not widespread, ANC claims" Sure, and China doesnt have alot of people.

  • andre.ackermann.14 - 2012-11-14 18:20

    Wait for it!

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-11-14 18:32

    Taking a leaf straight out of Zanu's book, terrorism practised by the party faithful against any dissenters, with the approval of the central committee no doubt.

  • mholthuysen - 2012-11-14 19:16

    The party could change its name to AICC African Intimidation Corrupt Circus!

  • charlesbronson.bronson - 2012-11-14 19:40

    The cANCer bafoons is trying to reflect the useless corrupted tax thief Jacob "Compound" Zuma fraud by trying to bring chaos in the Western Cape.

  • hein.huyser - 2012-11-15 06:50

    What a joke. It is the only way the anc can stay in power. By threatening that NP style apartheid will come back, threatening to give tenders to other clans, singing song of one people killing another, etc. are all forms of intimidation dictator style The anc does not know the basics of what makes up a Constitutional state and a democracy, and every time this weakness is pointed out they want to make another law to protect and shield their own shortcommings. Better we give a party that understands the true meaning of a democracy to lead this country.

  • johnodup - 2012-11-15 06:55

    The very fact that an announcment needs to be made by the ANC seems to undermine the veracity of what they're saying.

  • justsayingagain - 2012-11-15 06:57

    A leaf straight of of Mugabe's Zanu PF Rulebook!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-15 10:57

    What did they do, share a dop?.

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