Security in place for good reason - ANC

2012-12-16 08:30

Bloemfontein - Security measures at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, where the ANC is holding its national conference, have been put in place for good reason, spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said on Saturday.

"For any of our events we ensure everybody who is part of the event is safe guarded properly," Mthembu told reporters.

"We don't leave security of conferences to chance. It's in our DNA."

Mthembu said it was not because of any specific risk or incidents.

Security at the university had been beefed up overnight.

Members of the media were scheduled to have a meeting with organisers on Saturday morning, but on arrival they were refused entrance onto the campus.

Reporters had to park their cars outside campus and walk.

All entrances to the university were guarded by police officers.

Police at the entrances said cars needed to be searched and checked at the Tempe military base. Each vehicle would then receive a clearance sticker which would allow them access to the campus.

Service providers and ambulances were also turned away because they did not have clearance stickers.

When motorists arrived at the university gates on Saturday afternoon, they were also denied entry.

This was after waiting a few hours in a kilometre-long line at the military base.

Mthembu said officials were looking at the details of that arrangement.

There was a heavy police presence around the campus.

Certain areas, some designated for commissions to discuss policies, had been cordoned off with barbed wire.

There were about 12 police nyalas situated around the university and a number of public order policing vehicles.

  • werner.nel.712 - 2012-12-16 08:34

    just to sad that is not your mentality for the people you are suppose to serve.

      johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-12-16 08:48

      What about security for ordinary citizens,in their day to day lives.

      jacob.zooma.9 - 2012-12-16 08:51

      The security is tight like a virgin. Not a cent is being spared, thank you for your hard contributions.

      lownabester - 2012-12-16 08:54

      Running scare, they are all a bunch of banggatte. Shame drink your Moet and we will take care of ourselves.

      om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-12-16 09:53

      The cANCer doesn't need security when entering, they need security when everybody leaves (so that nothing gets stolen).

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-12-16 08:35

    Stop DA from spying on them.

  • will.hodge.524 - 2012-12-16 08:38

    Since when do criminals need security

      marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-12-16 09:20

      Security is in their 'DNA!' - hence the building of the bunker at Nkandla!!!

  • truthbetold221 - 2012-12-16 08:40

    Yep it is in their DNA. It goes along with corruption, lies, denial and violence embedded in the same DNA. By the way Mthembu, do you know what DNA is? Hint: Don't ask your boss.

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-16 09:20

      Hahahaha you took the words right out of my mouth

  • Erna - 2012-12-16 08:43

    Where is all this police coming from? Considering that there is a shortage of police under normal circumstances there must be areas in SA or the Free State that are now even more at risk than normal?

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-12-16 08:49

    What is in your DNA you moron is a proven record of ANCorruption gatherings to turn violent - that's why you need extra security. Anarchy Nepotism Corruption - business as usual on the gravy train.

  • ianingwe - 2012-12-16 08:50

    So the use of the Tempe Military base, policemen and police assets in providing protection and security for a political party conference is reported on as if this is normal! State/Government resources should not be used in a political manner.

      Mbuso Siera - 2012-12-16 09:00

      The ANC is Government hence a political party....Ianingwe..

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-16 09:22

      It is the ANC in its political party capacity, it's not a government function

      ianingwe - 2012-12-16 09:44

      The ANC is a political party that happens to be the party in power. That gives them no right to abuse the state assets for their conference! One wonders which other state institutions (Intelligence) have been used to ensure the return of the desired candidates

      om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-12-16 09:49

      kortbroek... Lol dude, I don't think Mbuso will ever get it, I mean it's been 18 years?

  • luviwe.jay - 2012-12-16 08:50

    They can't trust each other as they had been killing each other lately.

  • barry.roper.39 - 2012-12-16 08:56

    So Sad that they are so scared of their own countrymen and women, or is it in their DNA to try and make themselves look important? I remember seeing PW Botha traveling between DBN and JHB when he was State President, One car 2 security persons and no "Blue Lights" this at the height of "Apartheid" when he was possibly the target of the so called Liberation Movements.

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-12-16 09:04

    says an anc spokesperson Security is necessary as we cannot trust any of the delegates not to steal anything that isn't welded down. It's a sad fact that ours is a criminal organisation. Oh look, that PA system looks expensive. Excuse me...

  • barry.roper.39 - 2012-12-16 09:07

    So SAD that they have to protect themselves from their OWN PEOPLE or is it in their DNA to promote the image of self importance? I remember seeing PW Botha years ago traveling between Durban and Johannesburg, there was one car with 2 security personel PW and his Wife, NO BLUE LIGHTS and this was at the height of "Apartheid" when he was the target of the so called Liberation movements. Maybe he knew that they were ineffective anyway.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-12-16 09:12

    yes indeed, the ANC need LOTS of protection from the peoples whose lives their destroying - there's a very sad irony here that they're missing by a country a mile.

  • Daniel Nunes - 2012-12-16 09:16

    The ANC provides more security for this joke conference thing than they do for the millions they rule. plus security organized by an organization known for stealing from millions of people is a good joke.

  • eddie.vanmeyeren - 2012-12-16 09:16

    Just wondering, with all the champagne flowing, and the police present, is there going to be any road blocks to test for drunk driving???

  • Paymatters - 2012-12-16 09:20

    This is funny! Who are they protecting themselves against? The DA? Cope? IFP? AWB? Britain? NO! All must be well in the organisation if they have to go to these extremes to protect themselves against their own. Barbed wire, bullet proof vests, armoured vehicles, secret service agents, body guards etc. Reminds me of one of Gadaffi's last speeches - "My people love me". Wow - their people truly love them! HA HA

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-12-16 09:24

    Who paid the police for coverage of a non goverment conference?

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-12-16 09:35

    with all the moet around and johny walker they cant have gate crashers , its only for the elite

  • ben.nevis.906 - 2012-12-16 09:57

    They are protecting themselves from those "bl@@dy press agents". Eish, just now those reporters get "tjatjarag" again !

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-16 11:50

    The egos demand security even Obama will never see. Wonder what this collective fear is the ANC is always guarding against?.

  • frank.carr.182 - 2012-12-16 13:05

    I suppose they reckon they need security seeing that rapist fat boy Zuma is not the most popular guy around

  • clive.jonas - 2012-12-17 05:41

    I think people will understand this type of behaviour better when they have read the book Animal Farm of George Orwell. So much abuse of power I havn't witness in any other country in the West, except in Africa!!!

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