eNdumeni – KZN ANC Leadership Must Rein in its Members

Radley Keys, MPP DA KZN Alternate Spokesperson on COGTA eNdumeni – KZN ANC leadership must rein in its members THE Democratic Alliance calls on the KwaZulu-Natal ANC leadership to ensure that internal party faction battles do not erupt into violence threatening the lives of community members. The urgent appeal comes after two weeks of violent protest action in Dundee linked to tension amongst ANC local councillors following the suspension of municipal manager, Thabani Biyela. Biyela is facing charges of insubordination, misrepresentation and misleading the council when interviewed for the position last year. The DA is horrified by what is happening in eNdumeni. The situation is highly volatile – the municipal offices have been petrol bombed, roads are blockaded with rocks and burning tyres and foreigners have fled for their safety and their businesses looted. On Tuesday a man was doused with petrol and set alight, allegedly for not taking part in recent protests. A police contingent may be able to solve one aspect of the problem but the reality is that this violence is the direct result of an internal party power struggle. This is what needs to be dealt with. The DA expects the ANC leadership in the province to act swiftly and rein in its members. It is intolerable that the lives of community members are being put at stake in by those who simply do not respect the rule of law.

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