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ANC Eastern Cape suspends 'hooligans' behind Wells Estate branch meeting violence

Oct 9, 2018
ANC Eastern Cape suspends 'hooligans' behind Wells Estate branch meeting violence

The African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape on Monday said it had been 'shocked and disgusted by the hooliganism', which was displayed by its members, who disrupted a branch meeting of the party in Wells Estate, Port Elizabeth, over the weekend.

The alleged hooligans apparently beat up and stabbed local ANC branch leader, Thando Gebengana, during the disruptions that happened on Sunday, as the ANC branch held its general meeting.

It ius understood the Ward 60 Nelson Mandela Bay Region branch meeting was meant to draw nominations for candidates, who will represent the ANC in the upcoming 2019 Provincial and National elections.

"These sinister acts can never be condoned especially coming from people who claim to belong to our organisation. Cde Thando Gebengana and other members were assaulted by a rented crowd masquerading as comrades," said Gift Ngqondi, ANC Eastern Cape Head of Communications.

"This is totally unacceptable and these people have crossed the line.We last saw this conduct from the vigilante groups that were sponsored by the apartheid regime in the 1980's.

"These barbaric acts of violence are not in the tradition of the ANC, the ANC was founded and it still remains a peaceful but revolutionary organisation."

'Hooligans suspended from the ANC

Ngqondi said that the ANC will not be "kowtowed by sponsored hooliganism at our meetings anywhere in the Province".

"The ANC Provincial Working Committee (PWC) has taken a decision to apply Rule 25.56 to temporarily suspend all those identified members with immediate effect," he added.

"We wish all our comrades who were injured by the hooligans a speedy recovery. We will soldier on to advance our programs and campaigns without fear, favour or prejudice."

Meanwhile, Port Elizabeth police are expected to arrest those allegedly responsible for the violence.

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