Sup­port­ers for ANC ac­cused protest

Pretoria News - - Metro - BONGANI HANS | bongani.hans@inl.co.za

SOME ANC mem­bers in KwaZulu-Natal are re­volt­ing against the party’s de­ci­sion that they should not sup­port their com­rades ac­cused of killing other fel­low mem­bers.

Yes­ter­day the mem­bers de­fied the rul­ing party when they turned up at the Pi­eter­mar­itzburg High Court to sup­port a coun­cil­lor who is im­pli­cated in a mur­der of a fel­low party mem­ber, Msawenkosi “Qashana” Mchunu.

ANC pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Mdu­miseni Ntuli had this week an­nounced that the pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (PEC) in KwaZulu-Natal banned party mem­bers from pub­licly sup­port­ing the mur­der ac­cused.

He said such ac­tion would have neg­a­tive im­pact on the rep­u­ta­tion of the ANC.

“For any­body who per­sists on that, there would be con­se­quences drawn from the Rule 25 of the ANC con­sti­tu­tion be­cause when the PEC takes the de­ci­sion, it has to en­force those de­ci­sions oth­er­wise the or­gan­i­sa­tion will be paral­ysed,” said Ntuli.

The mur­der ac­cused are Nkosi­nathi Gambu, a coun­cil­lor at Msun­duzi Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Ward 10, where Mchunu was killed in the hail of bul­lets at his home in May. His co-ac­cused are Skhany­iso Zimu, Sfiso Mbelu, Mlungisi Zimu, Ayanda Ngubane and Gift Zungu. They ap­peared be­fore Ashin Singh to ap­ply for bail. They were ar­rested last month.

Mchunu’s sup­port­ers also protested out­side the court. Ntuli had said only sup­port­ers of mur­der vic­tims would be al­lowed to go to court be­cause the ANC should al­ways be on the side of jus­tice “and must al­ways be in favour of the vic­tims”. A large group of po­lice of­fi­cers main­tained a dis­tance of 100m be­tween Mchunu’s sup­port­ers, who were dressed in ANC T-shirts bear­ing Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa’s face, and ri­vals who were most in non-party T-shirts with pic­tures of Gambu’s face.

Some of the plac­ards dis­played read: “Don’t sab­o­tage Gambu. Find guilty peo­ple and hands off from in­no­cent Gambu and our broth­ers.”

The ac­cused’s sup­port­ers vowed to con­tinue go­ing to court to show sup­port for their com­rades.

The ANC Women’s League sec­re­tary in Moses Mab­hida Re­gion, Thandi Zungu, said: “We want the ANC to take ac­tion against lead­ers who are in­volved in killing com­rades.

“The pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary has is­sued a ban, now we want it en­forced be­cause they are peo­ple who came to sup­port the ac­cused,” she said.

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