There have been reports of alleged confrontations between members of the African National Congress (ANC) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in the North West mining town of Marikana.
One person is alleged to have been shot, another was stabbed several times and a vehicle torched as political infighting amongst political parties intensifies.
On Friday, a group of ANC members tried to campaign in the area but they were allegedly attacked by EFF members.
Following a meeting with the ANC leadership a decision has been taken to open criminal cases.
ANC Provincial Chairperson Supra Mahumapelo says, “We support the branch of the ANC here … they [ANC members] say they will be opening a criminal and civil case against the EFF. They will be opening the case today [Sunday], [charges of] illegal occupation of houses, the intimidation and they must report them to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).
Members of ANC in the ward say they find it difficult to canvass for their party.
ANC Marikana Ward chairperson, Serame Serengwane says, “It has been very difficult, we have been trying our best to do our election work but we are failing somehow, because there has been a lot of intimidation in Marikana. We need assistance from our leadership, we have seen that only opposition [parties] are free but the ANC is not free.”
However, the EFF disputes these claims. EFF Marikana ward secretary Matshidiso Rapholo says, “It’s a lie. The report the ANC gave is a lie, because one of our member is still in hospital. They shot him twice, they are lying no one proved [provoked] them they were doing motorcade and they just shot at our members.”
It’s hoped that a solution for the conflict will be found soon.
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