ANC condemns behaviour of Helen Zille for supporting hooligans

ANC condemns behaviour of Helen Zille for supporting hooligans

23 October 2002

The ANC condemns the behaviour of DA leader Helen Zille for supporting the actions of a group of hooligans opposed to the development of Crossroads.

Last night (after 10h00, Tuesday 22 October) a mob fired at a security guard and burnt down a container, which serves as an office for the contracted construction company.

A member of the project committee overseeing the development in Boys Town was held at gun-point and her house set alight. Fortunately she managed to flee the mob, but lost all her property.

Ms Nogolide Memani this morning (Wednesday 23 October) laid charges of assault, attempted murder and arson at the local police station.

In a separate incident early yesterday morning, a group of seven people were were arrested for interfering in the work of the Ravan Construction Company and preventing the building of houses. The seven appeared in the Athlone MagistrateĀ¹s court today on charges of intimidation and public violence.

Zille organised transport for DA members to the court buildings in support of these hooligans for them to get bail. They were granted bail of R500 each and warned not to enter the housing construction site.

A certain faction in the community under the leadership of Mlungisi Noludwe has been opposing the ANCĀ¹s programme of reconstruction and development in Crossroads for years now.

It all started when Noludwe lost out to ANC Councillor De Poutch Elese in the last local government elections. The DA, in looking for cheap votes, has been supporting this group ever since.

Due to her misguided and cheap, opportunistic support for this group, this has now resulted in these hooligans burning and threatening life and property.

Crossroads has not known stability and prosperity for years due to apartheid. Today it is a hallmark of a community hard at work, building a better life for itself.

We call on the DA to stop their destructive interference in the lives of a poor community trying to uplift itself.

Issued by:
African National Congress - Western Cape

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