ANC and police caught red handed organising xenophobic attacks

JOHANNESBURG – As reported by The Zimbabwe Mai last week, South African ruling party ANC officials were caught out precipitating the violence and Xenophobic attacks of Zimbabweans in De Doorns.

There are also reports that police and the army helped the attacks in the De Doorns xenophobic attacks.

The ANC councilor also apparently told locals to destroy the houses of Zimbabweans as you can see in the report bellow. 

Statement by the DA:

According to a report in the City Press, an ANC councillor has been indentified as precipitating the violence against foreigners in De Doorns, by inciting the local community to destroy the homes of Zimbabwean immigrants. According to that article, the councillor, also wearing an ANC t-shirt at the time, used a police car and loudhailer to rouse up antipathy towards Zimbabweans in the area. The ANC councillor apparently told local residents to destroy the houses of Zimbabweans, but not to physically harm them (in spite of this, several attacks are reported to have taken place).

If true, this constitutes the latest piece of evidence, in an ever growing list of examples, of the ANC operating outside the law, to undermine the DA government in the Western Cape. I will write today to ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe to ask that the ANC investigates and that, if the ruling party really is committed to cooperative governance, it takes action to end this kind of behaviour which continues to sully the ANC’s already tarnished reputation.

The list of examples of the ANC acting to undermine the various DA administrations, include the following examples:

26 April 2006: while attempting to address a public meeting at Crossroads, ANC supporters launched a violent attack on Cape Town Mayor Helen Zille, flinging chairs and shouting abuse at her as she tried to speak. Her bodyguards had to protect and then evacuate her. Police had to fire warning shots as an angry mob tried to stop the car from leaving, while rocks and half-bricks were hurled at the motorcade as she was driven away.

September 2008: The Erasmus Commission was set up by the former ANC Premier of the Western Cape, Ebrahim Rasool, to probe the allegation that the DA-led coalition in the City of Cape Town – and Cape Town Mayor and DA leader Helen Zille in particular – had improperly used public funds to spy on their political opponents, despite the City having initiated an independent investigation into the matter, which cleared the administration and the DA of any wrongdoing. The DA labeled the Commission unlawful and argued it had been set up by the ANC to drive a party-political agenda; and it challenged its validity in the Cape High Court. On 1 September the High Court handed down its judgment, which found in favour of the DA and the City of Cape Town on every point. Importantly, it found that: (1) The Commission had been set up with a political purpose and was unlawful; (2) The City did not have a case to answer, that it had fully cooperated and that it had nothing to hide; and (3) Judge Erasmus had acted inappropriately in accepting his appointment to the Commission and the Premier (or government) acted inappropriately in appointing him.

November 2009: Ahead of a visit by the Minister of Cooperative governance ANC activists had requested residents of Mitchell’s Plain to switch off their water at the stop-cock, thereby giving the impression that the DA administration was cutting off water. Subsequently, and on the basis of nothing more than a letter from a single member of the public, the Minister has decided to establish a task team to investigate the problem.

These are simply some of the more substantial incidents that illustrate the ANC’s attitude to the DA governance, there are a myriad other examples of the ruling party’s members, both inside and outside government, acting to directly undermine the DA’s administration. This latest incident would only be the latest such example.

Often the seriousness of these kinds of incidents is overlooked because it is the ANC that is implicated. Were DA supporters to physically attack the President, incite xenophobic attacks or sabotage on-site visits by members of the executive, one can be sure the fall-out would be substantial.

This kind of attitude tells you two things about the ANC: first, it considers itself to be the only legitimate political force in South Africa and, even when South Africa’s citizen’s expressly vote the ANC out of power, it will do everything in its power, whether legitimate or not, to undermine that democratic outcome; second, it demonstrates that much of the ANC’s democratic rhetoric is nothing more than an empty gesture – an allusion to a set of ideals and values, the attainment of which it has no real passion or commitment for.

I look forward to the ANC secretary-general’s response to this matter, it will say much about his party’s commitment to our constitution and the values that underpin it.