ANC man claims use of scare tac­tics

Cape Times - - WORLD NEWS - Siyavuya Mzantsi siyavuya.mzantsi@inl.co.za

‘They are try­ing to get to peo­ple who are close to me and in­tim­i­date me’

THE ANC’s Nk­wenkweni Mpeluza branch co-or­di­na­tor in Mbek­weni, Paarl, Vin­cent Silingile says the at­tacks on his brother and on a close fam­ily friend’s ve­hi­cle were an at­tempt by a “fac­tion” to in­tim­i­date him and to force him to pull out from run­ning as branch sec­re­tary.

Silingile’s brother was driv­ing his car at the time and was in­jured af­ter al­legedly be­ing at­tacked by a group of men who stoned the ve­hi­cle in Mbek­weni on Satur­day.

On Wed­nes­day last week the tyres of a ve­hi­cle be­long­ing to his friend were al­legedly slashed.

Po­lice spokesper­son Si­nathi Joni con­firmed Welling­ton SAPS were in­ves­ti­gat­ing a case of ma­li­cious dam­age to prop­erty af­ter the front tyres of a 28-year-old fe­male’s ve­hi­cle were re­port­edly slashed. No ar­rests have been made at this stage.

Joni said a case of ma­li­cious dam­age to prop­erty was reg­is­tered at Mbek­weni SAPS af­ter a 31-year-old man al­leged that his ve­hi­cle’s win­dows were smashed on Satur­day.

That in­ci­dent hap­pened hours be­fore the branch gen­eral meet­ing (BGM) ahead of the ANC’s 54th na­tional con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber.

The Nk­wenkweni Mpeluza branch in ward 16 has not had a leader since last year’s lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions in Au­gust.

“My branch has been ad­vo­cat­ing for me to be in the lead­er­ship of the branch. But there are peo­ple in my re­gion, even in my ward, who have an in­ter­est. They know they got into their po­si­tions il­le­gally, hence there was that in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the na­tional work­ing com­mit­tee and the provin­cial elec­tive con­fer­ence into all the fraud that hap­pened in the Western Cape.”

He said an eye­wit­ness of the at­tack on his car heard one al­leged at­tacker say­ing “it’s not him”.

“They were only shown a car or maybe one of them knew me. That whole thing left me con­clud­ing that we were about to have this meet­ing and they wanted to de­mo­bilise me so that I could not be part of that meet­ing so that they could steal the BGM and steal the del­e­gate so that they could go to the na­tional con­fer­ence,” said Silingile.

He sus­pected that a knife may have been used to punc­ture his friend’s car.

“For me that is a warn­ing. They are try­ing to get to peo­ple who are close to me and are de­ter­mined to in­tim­i­date me, to pull out so that they can do what they want,” he added.

ANC provin­cial sec­re­tary Faiez Ja­cobs said: “We con­demned the acts of in­tim­i­da­tion. As com­rades we call on our peo­ple to be tol­er­ant even if they have dif­fer­ences.

“These are un-or­gan­i­sa­tional acts and we need to con­demn them, and any­one who has in­for­ma­tion should re­late it to the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties.”

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