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Assault case opened against ANC leader


Volunteer assaulted after questioning results of by-election

Piet Mmolotsi

A CASE of assault has been opened against a senior leader of the ANC in the Frances Baard region, following an incident during a recent branch by-election meeting in Warrenton.

Police yesterday confirmed that a case of assault had been opened against the senior leader, after he allegedly punched an ANC volunteer, Piet Mmolotsi, during the meeting.

According to Mmolotsi, the leader “took over the job” of the regional secretary, Webster Dichaba, and deployee Eunice Bojosi, who was deployed to oversee the proceedings, when he announced the (incorrect) outcome of the election.

“When this leader chose to take over the job of Bojosi, and then announced the incorrect results, the community became upset. He announced that Nontsizi Mokomela, instead of Thapelo Mokol, had received the most votes. I approached the leader to ask why he was doing this and he proceeded to assault me by hitting me with his fist, leaving me with a swollen, blue eye. He then ran away,” Mmolotsi said.

Mmolotsi added that “people from regional branches and ANC Youth League members not residing in Magareng”, who were not supposed to be present at the meeting, were there to “intimidate supporters of Mokola and manipulate the election’s outcome” and made themselves guilty of “political thuggery”.

ANC spokesperson, Naledi Gaosekwe, said yesterday that the ANC Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) was still awaiting an official report of the alleged incident that took place at the community meeting in Magareng, before taking a decision on the way forward.

“The PEC had deployed Eunice Bojosi to oversee proceedings at the community meeting. According to the report that was brought to the attention of the office of the provincial secretary, the outcome was that Thapelo Mokola was the preferred candidate. The ANC has always encouraged members to exercise high levels of discipline at the BGMs as well as at community meetings,” Gaosekwe said.

Police spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Dimakatso Mooi, confirmed that a case of assault had been opened following the alleged incident.