Edmund van Vuuren MPL
The DA in the Eastern Cape will be laying charges of intimidation and malicious damage to property with the South African Police Service and with the Independent Electoral Commission, after my vehicle, that formed part of the motorcade of the party’s provincial leadership was damaged by a mob of ANC-members in Msengeni in Kirkwood yesterday.
DA provincial leader Athol Trollip has been on a campaign tour of Karoo town since Monday, without incident. Yesterday however, we were ambushed by a small group of people who made up part of an enthusiastic crowd in Msengeni. As we left, this group started shouting, cursing and sang ANC-songs while thumping their fists on the vehicles of Athol Trollip, myself and Dacre Haddon, constituency leader and MPL.
The DA would not be intimidated and we proceeded to our last meeting of the day, in Aqua Park in Kirkwood.
The ill-discipline and aggression of these ANC-members are indicative of paranoia and intolerance of a party that is on the back foot. We continue to grow in every corner of the province. The fact that well known public representatives such as former ANC Eastern Cape Premier Nosimo Balindlela and former Cope MP Nqaba Bhanga have joined the ranks of the DA has the ANC resorting to desperate measures.
The DA believes that where people differ, they debate and respect the opinions of others as well as the principles of a free and fair democratic electoral system. The actions by the ANC in Kirkwood are a violation of the IEC’s Code of Conduct.
We will not be deterred and we will return to Msengeni, to bring our message of sustainable, REAL jobs and credible leadership that inspires confidence from investors, as opposed to the corrupt ANC of Jacob Zuma.