ANC chair flees angry rebel mob

Violence over decision to dissolve regional executive.

ANC provincial chairman Phumulo Masualle had to flee a party meeting in Sterkstroom after an angry mob forced their way through municipal gates baying for his blood.

PHUMULO MASUALLE.
PHUMULO MASUALLE.

Stones were thrown at Masualle’s black Mercedes-Benz ML as he fled and municipal buildings were damaged by flying rocks.

Police spokeswoman Colonel Sibongile Soci said 10 Sterkstroom residents appeared in the town’s magistrate’s court yesterday on charges of public violence.

Soci said this was after public order police service (Pops) officers from Queenstown were called to clear a crowd of more than 1000 protestors blockading main roads into the town.

“Sterkstroom police had to escort (Masulle) out of the town before Pops arrived and arrested the 10,” said Soci.

Masualle went to Sterkstroom on Friday to communicate a provincial ANC decision to dissolve the party’s Chris Hani regional executive committee (REC).

This is the region that championed the ousting of provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane during the elective conference in Port Elizabeth last June, but failed.

In the latest incident protesters burnt tyres and threw stones, demanding answers as to why their structure was being disbanded.

Nkwankca sub-regional secretary Thembinkosi Ngciki was with Masualle in the council chambers when they heard stones landing on the building.

He said a huge crowd was blockading the gate, demanding to see Masualle. “Tyres were burning around the municipal building as well as Sterkstroom township where we were scheduled to meet before we decided to come to the chambers,” he said.

As the chaos unfolded, the meeting was hastily called off.

Masualle’s bodyguards rushed him to his vehicle and they fled.

When the crowd realised the vehicle was not stopping at the gate, they pelted it with stones.

“The Nkwanca mayor [Thandazo Qamgwana] tried to calm the crowd but it was hard because it was a huge crowd and people were very angry,” said Ngciki.

ANC branches throughout the Queenstown region are in revolt against the provincial decision to disband the regional structures, as well as two sub-regions – Ngcobo and Sakhisizwe.

Despite Friday’s fiasco, the decision to dissolve the Chris Hani REC stands. It means that:

  • The region cannot deploy party members to councils;
  • It cannot send candidate lists in preparation for elections; and
  • Its working committee and officials have no powers to take decisions without provincial leaders deployed to the region.

Mabuyane confirmed Friday’s violence, saying the Sterkstroom meeting did not materialise as planned, and that the municipal building as well as Masualle’s car had been stoned but “fortunately no one was harmed”.

“We did not expect people who call themselves ANC members to behave like this,” he said

Mabuyane said it was believed the protestors wanted to protect ANC leaders implicated in a forensic report on maladministration in Nkwanca municipality.

“It is clear that this protest was orchestrated by some of the local leaders who are implicated in the forensic report. The two towns, Molteno and Sterkstroom, are now divided over the findings,” said Mabuyane.

SAKHUMZI SOMYO.
SAKHUMZI SOMYO.

Masualle’s deputy, Sakhumzi Somyo, experienced a similar but less violent protest in the Lukhanji sub-region when he led a provincial working committee (PWC) delegation to communicate the same decision last Friday.

Former Nelson Mandela Metro deputy mayor Nancy Sehlwayi led a delegation to Inxuba Yethemba sub-region the same day.

“Even though the Lukhanji meeting continued, there were elements showing signs of discontent and agitation regarding the PWC decision,” said Mabuyane.

“In fact, although we have yet to receive full reports, indications are there were similar elements of resistance everywhere.”

Inxuba Yethemba chairman Thembisile Bobo said they were unhappy that the disbandment was first communicated to them through the media.

The Dispatch reported on the matter three weeks ago.

“We cannot allow such behaviour to continue,” said Bobo.

“The PWC does not have the powers to disband structures but it can implement PEC decisions.

“As a result six out of nine Inxuba branches rejected the decision to disband Chris Hani, and one branch abstained,” he said.

Mabuyane said some ANC members were more loyal to individuals than the organisation.

“They think they can be deployed to better positions if they are loyal to those leaders. That is what we are trying to deal with,” he said. — zineg@dispatch.co.za

14 COMMENTS

  1. They should have petrol bombed THE GOVERNMENT car with him inside and round it up waiting for him to jump out and stone him to coma to send a violent message to the ANC that this country does not belong to the ANC, it belongs to black SA and no one else. A strong message should be sent out to the ANC that SA is not Camp Quattro where they raped and murdered black SA who naively fled to exile to join the ANC armed struggle that never was.

    That’s not his car. This nonentity cannot afford that car.

  2. “Masualle’s bodyguards rushed him to his vehicle and they fled.”
    How many bodyguards are in the employ of the ruling party? It speaks volumes that they need to be “protected”….just like the mafia.

  3. Today we have Transkeians like Masualle destroying Bisho which they inherited from Sebe. They have turned East London and the Ciskei side of the Eastern Cape into the pigsty that Transkei is.

    The arrogance of the ANC is such that they have no atrocities to answer for when the Quattro can of worms is yet to be opened.

    SA today is a reflection of the ANC exile camps where rape, grime, violence and murder were the order of the day. Murder of those who got to know about the informants in the senior structures of the ANC.

    The ANC killed black SA and knew about the terrorism and assassination by the apartheid regime of black activists.

    The ANC set many black activists up for arrest or murder.

    Their role in aiding the apartheid regime was the reason they were quick to talk Reconciliation and Rainbow Nation that never existed.

    The ANC is anti black SA, thats why there are so many foreigners in the country and why whites got away with apartheid atrocities and benefitting from that. The ANC use and abuse black voters to serve whites, Jews to be exact.

    The ANC must be exposed for what it really is, a drug dealing, murderous organisation of apartheid informers that were in and outside of the country.

    The only reason why the ANC settled for reconciliation was that the NATS knew too much about them and would have hung them out to dry.

    There are black SA who didn’t come back from exile, saying they would never live in SA under the ANC rule. A Kenya based group of black SA who fled from Camp Quattro spoke out and questioned the credentials of a number of ANC leaders one of them being Chris Hani. One has to ask why MK had to be disarmed when Tambo visited the camps. There were many good reasons why some wanted him dead.

    I don’t even want to talk about Joe Modise who died without telling SA what he knew about his cousin’s (and his wife) assassination by the apartheid regime on landing in SA from the ANC camps.

    Nevermind the Vlakplaas informers i.e. Hlongwane, what about the ANC?

    The truth will come out from those quarters that the ANC thinks they are serving well, i.e. Jews. British and American Jews are talking and the ANC cant stop them because Americans and the British controlled the ANC thanks to its infiltration by the Jewish controlled and funded SACP with Joe Slovo and others at the forefront of that infiltration.

    Eugene De Kok must be granted parole, the man could not have killed more blacks than the ANC with help from the SACP.

    Information about the atrocities that the ANC committed at Camp Quattro are all over the internet. Americans posted that information because they don’t give a sh!t about the ANC.

    Look at the ANC, do you really think that this lot brought down apartheid? NEVER, not these closet homosexual cowards that raped naïve activists, men and women, who fled to their camps with the hope of getting military training. There was no military training in ANC camps that’s why +75% of MK cadres didn’t make the grade into the SANDF.

    Homosexuality is one of the first things that the ANC legalised in this country because they are controlled by Jews and Jews are deep into homosexuality, and there are closet homosexuals in the senior structures of the ANC.

    Homosexuality was outlawed under apartheid and SA was doing just fine without homosexuals.

    You don’t want me to go into details about the high level of HIV/AIDS in the senior structures of the ANC.

    This is the organisation of rapists which explains their inaction in dealing with the trade of union of child rapists called SADTU.

    SADTU is a union of rapists who rape school girls with impunity because the ANC led government approves.

    • You strike me as one of those disgruntled ‘Bakkie and ladder’ brigade.
      Your thoughts are so fogged out with pub-talk.
      you are a really lousy contibutor to all topics.

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  4. “You don’t want me to go into details about the high level of HIV/AIDS in the senior structures of the ANC” . rori

    Can you please get into these details.
    You are such and interesting author , lol

  5. This rori something can talk bulldust given a chance. Hay uyawanqa mntu wabantu and you are so convinced that you are making sense. I can safely say that you are a danger even to your kids, can you imagine the kind of individuals you would be bringing up – if they were to subscribe to your school of thought? Your teachings have a potential to turn everyone who cares to take you serious, into added members of a life society. You are just a misguided missile kwaye ingqondo yakho ayinangqondo.

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