Leader of the Official Opposition in the Free State Provincial Legislature and Constituency Head for Dihlabeng and Nketoana Local Municiplaities:
Yesterday afternoon, in the run-up to today’s by-election in Ward 9, Mangaung Councillor, Dulandi Leach and myself were assaulted by councillors of the ANC caucus in the Dihlabeng Local Municipality.
In this video ANC councillors, Mayco member Cllr Job Tshabalala, the Chief Whip Cllr Lindiwe Magalema, and Ward 7 Councillor, Mamotshwane Mofokeng can be seen attacking us.
The altercation took place when we went to investigate the abuse of municipal vehicles for party political purposes by the ANC.
In this video municipal and provincial traffic vehicles can be seen illegally leading an ANC campaign motorcade.
At the time, all traffic lights in Bethlehem were out of order due to loadshedding. It would have been the right thing to do to deploy traffic officials to direct rush-hour traffic instead of leading an ANC motorcade.
Not only is the ANC’s behaviour against myself and Cllr Leach completely unacceptable, but the illegal expropriation and abuse of state resources for party political gain threaten the very core of our constitutional democracy.
We will be pressing assault charges against the councillors, reporting the incident to the IEC for investigation under the electoral code of conduct, and writing to the Public Protector to investigate the abuse of state resources.