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ANC-WC condemns violent protests at Bitou Local Municipality

ANC-WC condemns violent protests at Bitou Local Municipality

7 August 2007

ANC Statement in the Provincial Legislature by Provincial Secretary Mcebisi Skwatsha

The ANC condemns in the strongest possible terms violent actions in the Bitou Municipality. These actions are orchestrated by a group of so-called `concerned residents`. These actions have been characterised by the intimidation of councillors, the burning of houses of councillors, the illegal occupation of council property, the disruption of meetings and other acts of vandalism. No grievance can justify acts of intimidation, violence and acts outside of the law.

The Provincial leadership of the ANC has met with the Provincial Minister of Community Safety to discuss its concerns about the situation in the Municipality. It has called on the South African Police Service to ensure that the rule of law is upheld.

The ANC has expelled Memory Booysen, one of its former councillors who did not carry out the instructions of the ANC in council. We stand by this action. The ANC will ensure that another candidate councillor is nominated and contests the by election which will be held later in September. We call on all concerned to respect the democratic process and act within the law.

On Monday, 6 August 2007, an ANC meeting was disrupted by the same group who object to a by-election being held in the ward. The ANC condemns in the strongest possible terms this violation of the right to free political activity.

The ANC announces the resignation of George Seitisho, the Municipal Manager of the Bitou Municipality and thanks him for the work he has done.

For further information, please contact:
Garth Strachan, ANC W Cape Spokesperson 083 454 6667 or
Sivuyile Mbambato, 073 897 8519

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