Democratic Alliance (DA) Gauteng premier candidate Solly Msimanga on Sunday opened criminal charges against the African National Congress (ANC) for inciting violence in Alexandra, Johannesburg.
The DA says the charges also include, the influencing of the outcome of the upcoming elections through instigating a protest in a peaceful Alexandra Township.
Msimanga says the violence and destructive action that occurred in Alexandra recently was not a service delivery protest but rather criminal chaos which is being carefully coordinated by the ANC and its affiliates. “These actions by the ANC go against the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) rules and ANC must be banned from taking part in the May general elections.”
The DA says it has seen Whatsapp messages from the South Africa National Civic Organisation (SANCO) groups, where activities aimed at discrediting Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba were coordinated.
“I represented the Alexandra police station with evidence of how the ANC was conspiring to instigate violence by coordinating plans with local affiliates on the ground to embark on violent protest actions,” says Msimanga.
Msimanga continued by shaming the ANC and its leadership.
“The ANC is a party of thugs not leaders. Cyril Ramaphosa, David Mabuza, Jessie Duarte, Malusi Gigaba, and the endless list of ANC politicians implicated in corrupt activities shows that criminal behaviour is the first agenda item at ANC meetings. Unlike the DA, which puts the people of South Africa first.”
He says ANC’s Head of Election Campaigns Fikile Mbalula was the ‘playmaker’ of this entire absurdity.
“From the get-go, social media mobilisation regarding the Alex protests was driven by ANC members, most prominently by the Criminal Syndicate’s Head of Campaigns, Fikile Mbalula.”
Msimanga says the ANC is desperate and will do anything to regain power of the entire Gauteng province.
“The protest is being led by ANC ward councillors, and not the legitimate community leadership who have raised issues with the City of Johannesburg. The councillors have resisted any attempt to hand over a memorandum to the City of Johannesburg and have blocked efforts by the City to hold meetings with community leadership.
“It is clear that the ANC are running scared of losing the elections on 8 May and will stop at nothing to hang on to power in Gauteng.”
The DA media team says it will send KwaTsaDuza Times the WhatsApp messages between SANCO and ANC once they are ready.